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NagaWorld II Casino and Resort in Phnom Penh (VOD)

Casinos, Rice Latest Sectors Hit by Covid-19 Restrictions

The nation’s casino and rice industries are the latest sectors to face restrictions as part of the government’s response to Covid-19, leaving some casino workers worried about lost income and the rice sector largely unfazed.

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

Minor Party Pushes for Bigger Subsidies to Help Rice Farmers

The minor Grassroots Democratic Party (GDP) suggested increasing subsidized loans to rice millers to $100-200 million a year to help farmers struggling with depressed prices as they flood the market with millions of tons of surplus rice.

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

Ministries Must Monitor for Cheap Rice Price, Hun Sen Says

Prime Minister Hun Sen on Wednesday ordered government ministries to monitor rice millers to ensure that they used government-funded loans to help rice farmers profit rather than lower the price of rice, following the announcement of a $50-million government rice subsidy last week.