Cambodia: Public-private Agriculture 4.0 greenhouse deal struck

The Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries of Cambodia signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with three companies geared towards the production of a minimum of 400 tons of additional vegetables per year to supply the domestic market and ship abroad.

The signatory companies of the MoU, entitled “Agriculture 4.0 and Greenhouse Cooperation: Transforming Farmers to Agropreneurs”, were listed in a post on agriculture minister Veng Sakhon’s Facebook page as Agri-Sambathkhmer, PLMP Venture Capital, and ISBP Group-Sun Business Investment Globe.

Speaking at the signing ceremony, Sakhon said the establishment of this public-private partnership conforms to the “public-private-development partners and community” approach, according to the post. The MoU is designed to promote and enhance the vegetable value chain, in accordance with the Cambodian Good Agricultural Practices (Cam-GAP) and pertinent standards, to ensure supply, quality, and safety, as well as to increase productivity, diversification, and commercialization of agriculture, the minister said.

He confidently stated that the MoU would be of mutual benefit to all parties involved, in building partnerships, developing vegetable production and value chains to be sustainable, prosperous, inclusive, competitive, climate change resilient, and innovative. Although the MoU offers a welcome contribution to Cambodian agriculture, more needs to be done to curb imports and resolve the myriad issues plaguing the sector, Sereyvath suggested. “As for the annual 400 tons of vegetables to be produced [under the MoU], this is but a minute portion considering that we import hundreds of tonnes every day,” he said.

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