Phnom Penh: Mr. Veng Sakhon, Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, said that the management system and establishment of community conservation sites in 25 communities in the five target provinces have been strengthened For the community to raise fish, while nearly 4 million juveniles are released into these natural reservoirs.

These achievements are made in the progress of the implementation of the 19th project on the implementation of the project to strengthen the capacity of fish farming communities in the reservoir. Nature responds to climate change to ensure food security.

This project is implemented by the Fisheries Administration with financial support from the "Food Security Support for the Poor" program of the Ministry of Agriculture in collaboration with JICA (MAFF / JICA) with a total budget of US $ 380,000 for two years (July 2020 – June 2022) in the target provinces 5.

Mr. Veng Sakhon said that the Fisheries Administration has received assistance for the implementation of this project in response to climate change to ensure food security in the province. Kampong Cham, Kampong Thom, Preah Vihear, Siem Reap and Banteay Meanchey.

This project aims to provide technical support to build the capacity of community committees and commune councilors to promote the development of fish farming communities and Conservation areas in natural ponds and fish farming in ponds adjacent to rice fields for increasing fish stocks in natural ponds, increasing food safety and Provide nutrition to poor farmers and reduce the risk of climate change.

According to Mr. Veng Sakhon, after implementing the project for the past year, the team has achieved many results, such as helping to strengthen the management system and create facilities. Conservation in 25 communities in the five target provinces.

In addition, 3,907,500 species of juvenile fish (trout and catfish) were released into natural ponds to increase fish stocks. 25 natural reservoirs of 5 target provinces, including training courses and digging ponds and digging canals Ponds to rice fields for many farmers' families. According to the Minister.

"Previously, farmers in the target area did not have experience in raising fish, but after receiving support from the project," he said. Farmers are happy to participate in the implementation of this fish farming project.

As a result, the people get more fish to support their daily lives.

He added: "For the fish farming community in the natural pool also participated in training, planning, management and establishment of fish conservation. Seed breeders in their community pools as well. As a result, they are happy to participate in the project and recognize that the number of fish increased more than before the implementation of the project.

According to the Ministry of Agriculture, small-scale fish farmers who use less capital for 6-8 months earn about $ 150-280. Small-scale fish farmers who use a lot of capital for 8-10 months earn $ 400-1,200.

According to the action plan of fish farmers in 2020, a total of 635 families, with a project compiled into 15 groups of fish farmers equal to 35 teams in these 5 target provinces. According to the Ministry of Agriculture.