Cambodia - Rice growers fear loss of crop yield with no rain in sight

10.01.2022 242 views

With no rain in sight, rice growers in three communes – Toek Chor, Phnom Liep and Prasat – of Preah Netr Preah district in Banteay Meanchey province fear they may lose their 2,000 hectares of crop yield due to drought.

Provincial Department of Water Resources deputy director Lay Sothy said yesterday water is important for rice growing and if there is no water for more than 10 days, the crop will die.

“So far, the 2,000 hectares of rice field are still good and the authorities concerned are trying to work out how to source enough water from the Oddar Meanchey province and channel it to the rice fields,” he added.

He said on January 6, the Oddar Meanchey Provincial Department for Water Resources and Meteorology had opened the Stung Sreng watergate to channel the water through the main canal to irrigate the 4,185 hectares of rice fields in the Nam Tao, Phnom Dei, Srah Chik, and Poy Char communes in Phnom Srok district, Banteay Meanchey province which is also experiencing drought.

The Provincial Department of Agriculture has requested the Department of Water Resources and Meteorology of Oddar Meanchey to also open the water from the Kralanh dam to help the affected farmers.

Sothy said the water in the rice fields is evaporating fast due to the scorching heat.

Today, the Oddar Meanchey Province team is expected to open the Stung Sreng watergate to fill the Kralanh dam so that the water can be used to irrigate the 2,000 hectares of rice fields in Banteay Meanchey province.

He added that they will do whatever they could to ensure the rice fields are not destroyed due to no rain.

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