Machinery Agriculture Starts Increasing

The modernization of the agriculture sector to boost the production for export optimistic increased, Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen said in the 16th Government-Private Sector Forum (G-PSF).

The number of the agricultural vehicles and the use of inputs for agriculture have increased remarkably, Prime Minister stated in the G-PSF.

“In fact, agricultural tractors have increased from 8,138 units in 2008 to 9,250 units in 2009 and to 10,135 units in 2010”, he said.

The Power tillers have increased from 110,000 units in 2008 to 130,000 units in 2009 and to 160,000 units in 2010. The rice threshing machines have increased to 25,243 units in 2010, from just 23,000 units in 2008, he said.

At the same time, so far about 57% of the farmers use fertilizers, and about 30% use pesticides.

Prime Minister said Cambodian farmer now understand about the subsistence farming to commercial farming.

The growth in the use of agricultural vehicles and the agricultural inputs show that the gradual change in thinking of farmers from using traditional methods in rice farming to using standard methods, he said.

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