Cambodia and South Korea to open smart farm centre

Date: 2021.03.04

The government has entered negotiations to sign a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for implementation of the “Smart Farm Project”, an initiative of the South Korean government.

Ngin Chhay, representing the General Directorate of Agriculture under the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, and Harry Hwang, executive director and founder of the Cambodian Korean Economic and Cultural Exchange Federation (CKEF), met earlier this week to discuss groundwork for signing an MoU.

According to a statement from the ministry, Chhay briefed Hwang on the circumstances of the agricultural sector in Cambodia, noting challenges which have hindered development, including low-tech production practices with modest yields and surplus production without sufficient market access, among others.

“Seeing the growth of the agricultural sector and potential for agricultural sub-sector development, CKEF representatives are interested and intend to sign an MoU between the ministry and Konkuk University of the Republic of Korea for the smart farm development project,” Hwang said, noting that much prelimary work still needed to be done.

The cooperative project will entail establishing a national technical training centre, providing training courses for technical officers and farmers in the capital and provinces, developing crops on an area of about 100ha and researching potential crops for production and marketing.

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