Vegetable Growers Also Raise Concerns Over Falling Market Prices

A vegetable seller in Phnom Penh said produce was being imported from countries like Vietnam at cheaper rates than local production.

An Agriculture Ministry official said concerns raised by vegetable farmers over falling prices is due to oversupply, while growers are requesting the government to facilitate procurement mechanisms and diversification of crops.

The criticism stems from some farmers who said on social media that they had to discard large portions of their vegetables because they were not getting reasonable prices. Chan Heng, spokesperson for the Agriculture Ministry, said farmers are all growing the same vegetables against the instructions of the local officials, leading to an oversupply.

“We have instructed communities and private communities to gather and to divide what they grow” he said. “Some farmers are out of these communities that is why their vegetables are in excess supply.”

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