Agriculture NGO Offers Support to Returning Migrants

A local agricultural NGO said on Monday that it is preparing to provide training courses to the tens of thousands of Cambodian migrant workers who have fled back to the country following the Thai military coup last month.

The Cambodian Center for Study and Development in Agriculture (CEDAC) will offer free training courses from between two weeks to a year to train the returning migrant workers in rice and plant-farming skills and in rearing animals, said CEDAC spokesman Him Khortieth.

“Our working groups in the provinces are preparing to register workers who have returned from Thailand and are interested in gaining agricultural skills,” Mr. Khortieth said.

“This is an opportunity for them to find jobs and it will help them to seek jobs in the country rather than migrating illegally for work.”

More than 150,000 Cambodian migrant workers have fled Thailand since last month’s coup after the military junta ordered a crackdown on illegal labor in the country.

The Labor Ministry last week also posted notices in Khmer-language newspapers advertising vocational training offers from the government.

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