Indonesian Embassy in Phnom Penh explores agricultural cooperation with Battambang province
The Indonesian Chargé d’affaires in Phnom Penh Lauti Nia Astri and the Economic Section have visited Battambang Province to collect economic intelligence data and explore opportunities and economic cooperation, especially in food security.
This visit was a follow-up to the visit of the Indonesian Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs to Cambodia on 15-16 August 2023. During this visit, the Indonesian Embassy in Phnom Penh met with the Chairman of the Cambodia Chamber of Commerce Battambang Province Neak Oknha Phou Veasna and visited Baitang (Kampuchea) Plc.
Battambang Province is a central rice-producing province. It has been called “The Rice Bowl of Cambodia” because of its rice production capacity that can fulfil the needs of Cambodia.
The Chairman of the Cambodia Chamber of Commerce Battambang Province said that out of 1,162,200 ha of Battambang province, around 415,000 ha is agricultural area. Rice production in Battambang province reaches 1.3 million tonnes annually, enough to meet domestic consumption and export.
Cambodia Chamber of Commerce Battambang welcomed the cooperation plan between Indonesia and Cambodia to strengthen food reserves. Battambang also has other superior agricultural products, such as corn, cassava, mango, longan, durian and cashew nuts, which are also ready for export.
The Cambodia Chamber of Commerce of Battambang Province invited Indonesia to invest in constructing warehouses and rice milling and processing plants for agricultural products and rice husks.
The Indonesian Embassy in Phnom Penh hopes that the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Agricultural cooperation will be signed soon and can be an umbrella for implementing various agricultural cooperation programmes, including the export and import of farm products and capacity building of agricultural human resources.
The Indonesian Embassy in Phnom Penh also noted Battambang province’s need for fertilisers and agricultural human resources competent in land cultivation and fertiliser use.