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A tractor in a dam reservoir at Takeo province on November 5, 2022. (Ouch Sony/VOD)

Longer Rainy Season, Low Rice Prices Hit Farmers

Farmers are struggling to harvest their rice crops thanks to late rains this year, as they already face low sales prices. Rainy season is expected to finish in early December as opposed to the end of October.

The Tonle Sap delta outside Kampong Chhnang town is split with islands covered in small farms. Just north of the delta, the river widens into the Tonle Sap lake. (Andrew Haffner/VOD)

Kampot Port Receives More Sea, Tonle Sap Transfer Proceeds

Around 10,000 hectares around the Tonle Sap lake have had protections relaxed, purportedly to legitimize families already using the land, while a port project linked to tycoon Try Pheap received 150 hectares off the coast of Kampot.

A truck carrying defendants from a CNRP mass trial leaves Phnom Penh Municipal Court on November 3, 2022. (Ouch Sony/VOD)

Sochua Mass Trial Moves to Closing Arguments

The Phnom Penh Municipal Court is trying 38 defendants — one of whom is on bail — linked to the disbanded Cambodia National Rescue Party for supporting the unsuccessful attempt by Mu Sochua to return to the country to face trial in 2021.

The Phnom Tamao park now has a few water features peppered across the deforested land. (Danielle Keeton-Olsen/VOD)

Cleared Phnom Tamao Forest Sculpted Into Park

Prime Minister Hun Sen’s bodyguard unit has left the cleared area of Phnom Tamao forest after occupying it for about a month starting in August, seeming to transform a piece of the protected forest into an apparent park after a land giveaway controversy embroiled the area just three months ago. 

Local Reporter Files Complaint Against Bavet City Police Chief

A journalist in Svay Rieng province has filed a complaint against the Bavet City police chief, saying the officer ordered journalists to delete a live video about a traffic accident before threatening to handcuff them and then deleting the video himself.

A bridge connects two separate sections of the Thmor Da SEZ. (Tran Techseng/VOD)

Sar Kheng Attacks Police Excuses in Scam Trafficking

The dusty road outside tycoon Try Pheap’s Thmor Da SEZ in Pursat is empty. But behind locked metal gates, its shabby buildings appear full of inhabitants. Interior Minister Sar Kheng this week called out police excuses in their crackdown on scam compounds, urging vigilance.

Banteay Meanchey civil servant Oeun Thy (center) signs a paper after his detention for criticizing rice prices, in a photo posted by the Banteay Meanchey Provincial Police on November 18, 2022.

Government Official Chastised for Rice-Price Critique

The Banteay Meanchey police detained and demanded an apology from a civil servant who criticized the government for weak rice prices in the country’s northwestern provinces, days after the Agriculture Ministry warned against any critical social media posts about rice prices.

A casino in Poipet in 2012 (Wikimedia Commons)

Chinese Corpse Found in Banteay Meanchey Stream

The body of a Chinese man was found in a local stream after the man’s girlfriend posted online that he went missing from Poipet city, offering a $100,000 reward to find him.

A person cycles past monkey cages at Vanny Bio Research in Pursat on November 21, 2022. (Tran Techseng/VOD)

‘I Pity Them’: Unease Inside the Monkey-Export Business

Workers at the Vanny Bio Research farm speak of X-rays to check newly arriving monkeys for airgun pellets and packing animals into crates for flights. It’s grueling work for under $200 a month to supply overseas laboratories with animals, they say.

Hilly forestland in Pursat's Veal Veng district. (Tran Techseng/VOD)

Monkey Hunting an Open Secret Among Pursat Residents

Residents near the hills of Pursat’s Veal Veng district acknowledge there’s plenty of wild monkey hunting in the area, but the animals are getting harder to find. Prices have shot up in recent years, especially for monkeys caught while they are small, they say.