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.
In a speech at the Freshwater Aquaculture Research and Development Center in Prey Veng province’s Peam Ro district on Tuesday, Hun Sen said the government was preparing to further support the nation’s already strong agriculture industry.
“Cambodia has a strong point, which we have to remember, that we are an agricultural country,” the premier said. “[Covid-19] is not only not hurting [Cambodia] but it also allows us to dominate in the agricultural sector. That is why the government has quickly changed direction to push for [financial support in] the agricultural sector at large.”
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