World Bank grant to improve the quality of honey production

The Work Bank provided a grant of $97,570 to a local farming community in Kampong Cham province to improve the production of farmed honey, promote farmers’ daily incomes and improve the quality of domestic demand.

As part of the World Bank’s Cambodia Agricultural Sector Diversification Project, the agreement was signed on Wednesday by World Bank representatives in Cambodia and the farming community of Stung Trong Sen Chey.

The grant with another fund, financed by local commercial banks, is intended to improve the production chain and the quality of honey products.

The agricultural community of Stung Trong Sen Chey will improve the quality of the pure honey production chain to supply the local market, said Veng Sakhon, Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, who presided over the signing ceremony. .

As planned, the community can produce 48,000 liters of quality honey in six months of the year.

“Improving the pure honey production chain increases the community’s average income for its members by $60,000 per year,” Sakhon said.

The Stung Trong Sen Chey Community Agriculture Project costs $249,200, of which $97,570 comes from the World Bank grant. Commercial banks will provide loans of $125,000 while the remaining $26,630 will come from the community budget.

The World Bank Country Director for Cambodia, Maryam Salim, said the grant aims to help rural communities who adhere to the main activities of agricultural production, chickens, pigs, cattle, animal feed, fertilizers, vegetables, crops, bees and fish, emphasizing the development of production sectors, processing, agro-industry, control of markets and the supply of agricultural inputs by the private sector.

“The World Bank grant to Stung Trong Sen Chey Farming Community is helping to improve people’s living standards through agriculture in the context of Covid-19,” Maryam said.

“Helping the community is helping community members, and helping community members is contributing to national economic growth. Therefore, there is a need to restore the household economy of rural communities to be better and more sustainable,” Maryam said.

Regarding the grant, Sakhon said it will contribute to the development of farming communities and successful partnerships in the value chain of agricultural production in line with the “public-private development partners and communities” approach.

The Stung Trong Sen Chey community will continue to grow by developing beekeeping and organic fertilizer production, Sakhon added.

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