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Farmers in Kandal province’s Koh Thom district harvest rice in February 2019. (Heng Vichet/VOD)

China Deal Seen as Potential Boost for Investment, Political Standing

Cambodia and China on Monday signed a long-awaited free trade deal, as industry observers said it could be a boon for agricultural investment and seen as a major policy achievement, while others spoke of the need for wider reforms to make Cambodian exports competitive.

People protest in front of the Dambe district hall in Tbong Khmum province on October 18, 2019. (Supplied)

One Land Disputant Detained, 20 Released in Tbong Khmum

Twenty villagers engaged in a dispute with a rubber plantation over more than 400 hectares of land in Tbong Khmum province were released from custody on Tuesday after they were arrested the day before for allegedly damaging the company’s land-clearing machinery, an official said.

Prime Minister Hun Sen (center) observes fish and frog ponds at the Freshwater Aquaculture Research and Development Center in Prey Veng province in a photo posted to Hun Sen’s Facebook page on July 14, 2020.

Covid-19 to Help Boost Cambodia’s Agricultural Sector, Hun Sen Says

Prime Minister Hun Sen has touted Cambodia’s “strong” agricultural sector as a solution to economic pressures during the global pandemic, though some observers doubt agriculture could make up for garment sector losses due to Covid-19 and the pending withdrawal of some E.U. trade perks.

View of rice fields in Battambang province's Thma Koul district in July 2019 (Supplied)

Drought Hits 150,000 Hectares of Rice Fields

About 150,000 hectares of rice fields in 10 provinces are suffering from drought, according to Agriculture Ministry figures, with farmers in some areas saying more than half their crops are dying.