Thursday, July 14, 2005

Thailand-Cambodia agree on agricultural cooperation

BANGKOK, July 14 (TNA) - The Thai and Cambodian governments have agreed on agricultural cooperation.

The agreed cooperation was confirmed in a memorandum of understanding (MOU) signed between Thai Agriculture and Cooperatives Minister Sudarat Keyuraphan and Cambodian Deputy Agriculture, Forest and Fishery Minister Chan Tong Yves in Bangkok this week.

Under the MOU, Thailand would assist Cambodia in four major agricultural projects, including the development of production systems of local crops, the study of environmental impacts of fresh water fisheries, the provision of training programmes on processed fishery products and the contract farming, Sudarat told TNA.

"The Thai government will increase joint investment projects with Phnom Penh on the contract farming in which some Thai economic crops will be grown in Cambodia", she disclosed.

The Thai Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives would also host a meeting of a joint Thai-Cambodian task force on agriculture in Bangkok from 18-21 July to discuss issues on the bilateral cooperation in the agricultural sector, she said.

Thailand has also signed in the Pakan Declaration under the Ayeyawady-Chao Phraya-Mekong Economic Strategy (ACMECS) among members of the Greater Mekong Sub-region (GMS).

The Pakan Declaration states that Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Thailand will cooperate in the contract farming, according to the minister.

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