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CHARACTERIZATION OF SWINE PRO DUCTION SYSTEM IN SOUTHEASTERN CAMBODIA ­ Preliminary work to epidemiological studies

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Climate change considered as flooding hits Cambodia

The wet season had come and gone with almost no rain.  Despite the best efforts of the farmers from Tralach commune, in Takeo province’s Traing district, widespread crop failures two years ago brought the community to the economic, and dietary, brink.

Rice paddies were parched beyond salvaging, said Oxfam spokesperson Brian Lund in a recent interview, adding that the dried mud was nearly too hot to stand on.

“Usually [the farmers] harvest the rice barefoot, but that year, for the first time, they had to wear shoes,” he said.

This week, farmers in Kratie province are facing the opposite problem. Read more of this post

cassava export: partnership with chinese company

China National Food Industry Group yesterday signed an agreement with Cambodian agricultural firm Ly Ye Rubber Company, aiming to import large quantities of cassava from Cambodia. Cai Yong Feng, chairman of the Chinese firm, said cassava is a quickly expanding industry in Cambodia. ‘If the dry cassava from Cambodia has high enough quality standards for the Chinese market then we will buy other products,’ he said.

Source: Phnom Penh Post

Vietnamese rice exporter face challenges from foreigners in Cambodia

Vietnamese rice exporters will face tough competition from foreign countries looking to exploit advantages that Cambodia presents as a beneficiary of the the EBA (Everything But Arms) initiative, says an Econet report.

Under the EBA, Cambodia, as a least-developed-country, enjoys zero tariffs and no quotas for exporting its farm produce, especially rice, to the EU. Read more of this post

Building water links from Cambodia to Vietnam

Authorities are planning upgrades to effectively double the capacity of boats travelling from Phnom Penh Autonomous Port to Vietnam, according to port Director General Hei Bavy.

A 2009 agreement with Vietnam authorities allows ships travelling down the Mekong from Cambodia to off-load at Cai Mep deepwater port near Ho Chi Minh City, and re-load onto larger vessels to make the trip overseas. Although the agreement has led to a large increase in shipments from Phnom Penh Autonomous Port (PPAP), experts say more could be done to improve the link. Read more of this post

Fast freight: Coastal port sees more shipments

Freight shipments passing through Sihanoukville Autonomous Port (SAP) jumped nearly 7 percent year-on-year through the first seven months of 2011, according to official figures released yesterday.

Total freight shipments through July reached 135,324 TEUs (twenty-foot equivalent units), up 6.75 percent from the same period last year. At the same time, total tonnage increased 13 percent to 1.4 million tonnes.  Read more of this post

Cambodia reports bird flu outbreak

The first outbreak of H5N1 highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) this year has been reported in the north-west of the country.

The veterinary authority sent an Immediate Notification dated 1 August to the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE).

The report describes a single outbreak of HPAI at Doun Moul in the region of Banteay Meanchey in the north-west of Cambodia. The outbreak started on 21 July and affected a backyard flock of 580 ducks and chickens. Of these, 100 died and the rest have been destroyed.

The presence of the H5N1 sub-type of the HPAI virus has been confirmed.

The last outbreak of HPAI in the country was in October last year.

Source: The Poultry site

Natural rubber Price hike continues

The Association of Natural Rubber Producing Countries (ANRPC) has estimated total world natural rubber (NR) production this year to be at 9.95 million tonnes, up by 4.9% from 9.49 million tonnes last year.

In spite of the higher forecast, the association said NR supply was seen moving up slowly over the past quarters, thus triggering continued recovery in rubber prices.

“The slow growth in supply, high oil price and strengthening of the baht, rupiah and ringgit can help NR prices to stay strong but the short-term outlook is clouded by uncertainties from the debt crisis in the United States and the eurozone,” said the ANRPC in its latest July report.

Members of ANRPC Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, India, Vietnam, China, Sri Lanka, the Philippines and Cambodia controlled about 92% of the commodity’s global supply. Read more of this post

Phnom Penh Port sees growth for freight

Freight shipments through Phnom Penh Autonomous Port increased 31 percent for the first seven months of the year, compared with the same period in 2010. The port handled 43,859 20-foot equivalent units (TEUs) from January to June this year, from 33,364 TEUs in the same period 2010. The increase came through increased imports and exports of agricultural products, textiles and raw materials for the garment industry, and construction materials, said port Director General Hei Bavy. “With the government policy pushing for rice exports, we see that increased agricultural production this year has led to growth in shipments through the port,” he said.

Source: Phnom Penh Post


More competition from Thai rice millers

Thai government proposals to pay above market prices to rice farmers could complicate Cambodia’s goal of becoming a major milled rice exporter, according to industry insiders.

Pheu Thai party leader Yingluck Shinawatra has announced plans to buy rough rice for a guaranteed price of 15,000 baht (US$505) a tonne, more than 50 percent above current rates. Read more of this post