Wednesday, 25 November 2009 03:56 DAP-NEWS
(Posted by CAAI News Media)
The Cambodian Center for Study and Development in Agriculture (CEDAC) on Tuesday appealed for local people to select the right rice seeds for planting next season to increase the harvest.
Whilst Cambodian farmers are just beginning this year’s main rice harvest, CEDAC has said that farmers still not yet understand well the importance of rice seed selection, a CEDAC press release said. CEDAC President Dr. Yang Saing Koma said that good rice seed selection can increase yields by up to 20 percent.
CEDAC is calling for some urgent technical measures for farmers and other stakeholders so that the rice yield can be increased, Yang Saing Koma said. “It is a good time for local farmers to choose good rice seeds and a piece of rice seeds will help provide good prices of rice seeds and provide high product,” he said.
“We envision a Cambodian society where small farming households enjoy good living conditions and strong mutual cooperation, with the right and power to determine their own destiny, as well as playing an important role in supplying healthy food for the whole society,” he said, appealing to local people not to burn down the straw stubble left after the rice harvest because it can help provide fertilizer for rice seedlings and transplants. Local people should plough the rice paddy fields after they have harvested, he added.