H.E. Mr. Veng Sakhon, Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries and H.E. Mr. Naveen Srivastava, Ambassador of India to Cambodia jointly inaugurated a Warehouse and Slab Concrete Drying Field on 10 March 2017 at Sethei Commune, Samaki District, Kampong Chhnang Province of Cambodia and handed over to the pilot Agricultural Cooperative. The warehouse and concrete drying field have been constructed with Indian grant assistance under Quick Impact Project Scheme which would provide warehousing and drying facilities to farmers.
Under Mekong Ganga Cooperation initiative, a Quick Impact Project titled "Improving Farm Household Income through Promoting Rice Value Chain of Agricultural Cooperative” was launched in March 2016. The project has been implemented by the General Directorate of Agriculture (GDA), Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF) of Kingdom of Cambodia with a grant assistance of US$ 100,000 provided by Government of India. The project is aimed at improving the rural farm household income by adopting pre and post-harvest technologies. This will help the farmers to increase the quantity and quality of rice products and also improve institutional and management capacity of target agricultural cooperatives in Cambodia.
The event was attended by senior officials of Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, officials of Kampong Chhnang Provincial Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries and a large of number of villagers living in Sethei Commune. On the occasion, Minister H.E. Veng Sakhon highly appreciated Indian assistance for the pilot project and requested for more cooperation and financial assistance for such projects. Ambassador H.E. Naveen Srivasatava in his remarks assured for continued cooperation and added that more such projects in agriculture sector will be considered to be financed under QIP scheme.