Organic farming gets a big boost in Cambodia
Cambodian Government and United Nations officials joined up yesterday to launch a media campaign to raise awareness about organic food and to promote a scheme for small-scale farmers to take part in a guarantee programme.
The campaign is being promoted by the Ministry of Agriculture with technical assistance from the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation.
The scheme for small-scale farmers, known as Participatory Guarantee Systems (PGS), addresses certification and marketing issues.
It is a low-cost certification scheme adapted to local markets and short supply chains, said Mayling Flores Rojas, FAO agriculture officer for Asia and the Pacific.
Ms Rojas said the ministry and the FAO initiated a two-year pilot project titled Small-Scale Farmer Inclusion in Organic Agriculture Value Chains Development through a PGS in Phnom Penh and Battambang, Kandal, Kampong Speu, and Takeo provinces.