The Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen called for research on high-yielding, climate-resilient rice varieties and increased technical assistance to farmers to produce high-quality rice that meets market demand.
High-quality seeds and sufficient water irrigation are essential for high rice yields, accordng to the Prime Minister.
In 2022, the country’s rice cultivation covered 3.40 million hectares with a total yield of 11.62 million tons. Cambodia aims to export 1 million tons of milled rice by 2025.
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