58th meeting of SEARCA Governing Board host in Cambodia

[News] Published on Southeast Asia Weekly (SEAW), Vol.4, Issue 43

Phnom Penh, Cambodia (21 October 2010)


By Sok Lak

The Royal Government of Cambodia took a role of host country to launch 58thmeeting of SEARCA (Southeast Asia Regional Center of graduated study and research in Agriculture) Governing Board in Phnom Penh on October, 18 to 20th to promote agriculture in Southeast Asia.

The meeting persisted over by H.E Chan Sarun, Minister of Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries and delegation from various countries in Southeast Asia. Some experts also join this meeting and they are Dr. C.Saguiguit, director of SEARCA, Dr. Luis Rey Velasco, Chancellor of the University of the Philippines Los Banos and chairman of the SEARCA, and Dr. Tinsiri Siribodhi, Deputy of the SEAMEO Secretariat based in Bangkok, Thailand.

This is only the second time that the kingdom of Cambodia is hosting such an important event since Cambodia became a member of Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization (SEAMEO) in 1968 and the first SEARCA Meeting held here was in 2000.

Agriculture in Cambodia book under the title of “The Southeast Asian Agriculture and Development Primer Cambodia” was showed at the 58th meeting of SEARCA, which is the last vision publication of SEARCA to promote as prime series for all SEAMEO members. The purpose of publish this book is providing clear and compete information about agriculture in Southeast Asia as reference. This book discusses the general features of each country’s agriculture in partly of institution, structure and policy that affect developing agriculture sector’s performance in the past three decades. The Cambodia primer is authored by Dr. Touch Visalsok, Rector of the University of Battambang, and Dr. Ker Monthivuth, Acting Director, Department of Administration, Planning, Accounting, and International Cooperation, General Directorate of Agriculture.

H.E Chan Saron, Minister of Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries took a note key that this meeting is very important in training agriculture and research in Southeast Asia example Cambodia.

“I strongly support this meeting and hope that this meeting will bring a best result for Cambodia also for all countries in Southeast Asia. In this time,” “I also hope that the institution will continue to cooperate with Cambodia and improve own activities in the way of developing human resource in Cambodia agriculture sector”, he remarked.

The goal of SEARCA is to cut down the number of poverty people and improve food security. By this way, SEARCA promote developing agriculture and rural area in Southeast Asia through providing scholarship for graduated study, research, data system and knowledge management.

“Cambodia has become the member SEARCA since 1973 and 46 Cambodian got scholarship from this institution”, H.E Chan Saron noted.

It is noted that SEARCA is the institution work with all 11 Southeast Asian countries: Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Timor Leste, and Vietnam. Each of these countries has a representative to the SEARCA governing board, which serves as the Center’s policymaking body. SEARCA Governing Board’s annually meeting is an essential forum of SEARCA to evaluate and make necessary changes to the programs and budgets of institution.


Elusive equality

Study find boosting women’s opportunities can boost growth, but there’s a long road ahead

Improving women’s access to jobs and economic opportunity could significantly boost productivity in Cambodia, according to World Bank report published in June. But, the study’s authors added, women’s economic progress has been slower in the Kingdom than in many other countries in the region and the government should work to level the gender playing field.
The study found that if women were to work in the same sectors as men and have the same access to resources, worker output in the Asia-Pacific region could be 7 to 18 percent higher.
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The promise of pork

While the Kingdom’s biggest industrial pig farming company is seeing steady growth as the nation’s population and hunger for pork grows, small pig farmers are having a hard time of it in the face of fluctuating prices and lowercost imports from Thailand, according to experts and insiders who came to a recent briefing session in Phnom Penh on the swine industry.

Last year, pig production reached over two million head, up slightly from 2010, but that is down from 2.7 million in 2006.

The raising of pigs has a long tradition in Cambodia and is still one of the most important livestock-related sectors in the country, even considered by many only second to rice cultivation.

To be continue…

Source: http://www.etmcambodia.com/blog.php?article=476

Sweet deal

Canadian firm to grow natural sweetener in Kampong Speu

Stevia Nutra Corporation, a Canadian agro-business company, has announced its decision to grow stevia in Cambodia’s Kampong Speu province. The company will grow the plant, whose leaves are used as a sweetener or sugar substitute, on just over 20 hectares of land close to Phnom Penh.

Stevia Nutra has incorporated Mighty Mekong Agro Industries Co. Ltd, a Cambodia- based wholly owned subsidiary, which it says will allow the company to capitalize on significant labor and technical advantages as well as provide access to prime fertile lands, potentially in other areas of the Mekong River sub-region as well.

To be continue…

Source: http://www.etmcambodia.com/blog.php?article=481

Paddy potential

Indonesian rice sector representatives in Cambodia on fact-finding mission

Earlier this month, 60 representatives of the Indonesian rice industry as well as that country’s commerce ministry visited the factory belonging to Golden Rice (Cambodia), a leading rice miller in the Kingdom, to explore the potential for rice exports to the sprawling archipelago.

“Cambodia right now is a big rice exporting country and Indonesia is a big rice importing country,” said Benny A. Kusbini, chairman of the National Board of Indonesian Farmers’ Union. “Our group has come to look at how both countries can cooperate on rice,” he said.

Be to be continue…

Source: http://www.etmcambodia.com/blog.php?article=469

Exploratory study

Firms from the Chinese city of Liuzhou eye opportunities in Cambodia

Representatives from six large companies based in the city of Liuzhou in China’s southern Guangxi province recently visited Cambodia looking for investment opportunities and local business partnerships. The trade mission was led by Zheng Junkang, mayor of the city.
The six Chinese firms—Liugong Machinery Co., Liuzhou Chemistry Co., Liuzhou Tang Lili Import and Export Co., Liuyi Chemical Industry Co., Liuzhou OVM Machinery Co., and Liuzhou City Wei Ermu Prestressing Co.—are active in the machinery, automotive, iron and steel, fertilizer and chemical industries.
For more information, please visit http://www.etmcambodia.com/blog.php?article=456 
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Vim and vigor

World Bank presents rosy outlook for Cambodian economy

Cambodia’s economy still shows signs of vigorous health despite the slowdowns in the key export markets of the United States and European Union, according to a report issued by the World Bank, which forecast the Kingdom’s GDP would grow by 6.6 percent in 2012.
6.6 percent in 2012. In its East Asia and Pacific Economic Update, released on May 23, the World Bank predicted slightly higher growth rates than the Cambodian government, the International Monetary Fund and the Asian Development Bank (ADB), all of which predicted the Kingdom’s economy would expand by 6.5 percent this year.
The report found that growth would be even higher in 2013, forecasting a 6.7-percent rate, slightly lower than the ADB’s forecast of 7 percent.
For more information, please visit http://www.etmcambodia.com/blog.php?article=444
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