With a half hectare of land in Batheay district’s Troap commune, 55-year-old farmer Hing Heng can usually grow rice for his family and raise about 4,000 ducks to sell their eggs for profit.
But the farmer, while wandering his property barefoot and shirtless in the June heat, said the ponds and lakes that sustain his rice crop and ducks have completely evaporated.
Last year, Heng could collect just five bags of rice, half of what he produced in 2018. Halfway through this year, he had not harvested any rice.
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