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PHNOM PENH – A plan to transform the lives of people who live by fishing by getting them into aquaculture businesses is being discussed with the French Development Agency.
Dith Tina, Minister of Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries, held talks on Jan. 19 about current and future planning programs with Sandrine Boucher, country director of the agency known as ADF.
Ministry spokesperson Im Rachna said the plan was raised by the minister to guarantee the sustainability of water species. However, the chances of success were still being studied.
Rachna said the AFD did not give an immediate response as the plan would need to be reviewed to ensure its effectiveness.
The minister said budget and expenses management was important and asked for a study on the loans involved and assurances to help farmers meet repayments.
He spoke also about reducing the capital cost and labor force by methods such as using solar energy during the day and electricity at night for pumping water.
ADF is a partner of Cambodia in developing the country’s agriculture with capability development, new research and creations in the context of climate change and export markets.