Guards at the gate of the Y&W Garment factory in Phnom Penh’s Dangkao district on March 3, 2021. (Tran Techseng/VOD)

Garment Factories Brace for Opening, or More Delays, After Lockdown Losses

Garment factories outside the strictest lockdown zones are looking to reopen with half their workforce and Covid-19 preventions as Phnom Penh eases lockdowns, but the restrictions have still had an impact on cash flow and production for several garment industry players as well as workers.

Fishing in Siem Reap province on January 10, 2021. (Mech Choulay/VOD)

A Floating Village’s Fishers Drift to New Work as Fish Disappear

“I love this fishing boat so much. Every time I sleep on it I feel like I have [another] house,” says Suong Rang in Kampong Phluk. But the fisherman has recently turned to making flower pots instead amid declining water levels and fish stocks.

Fishers cast nets in Kandal province, on January 17, 2019 (Fisheries Administration)

Fish Catch, Exports See Significant Drop in First Quarter

Fish catch and exports dropped during the first quarter of the year, according to an Agriculture Ministry report, with fisherfolk attributing the drop to changing weather patterns, low water levels and illegal fishing practices.