Farmers get veg safety tips

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Pursat provincial agriculture department officials train people on vegetable growing in Pursat province’s Bakan district on July 29. AGRICULTURE MINISTRY

Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Veng Sakhon emphasised the importance of training farmers on integrated land and nutrient management procedures for safe vegetable production after more than 300 farmers received the training on July 29.

He said land management, quality and use based on principles of productivity, sustainability and continuity are the most important tasks in the development of agricultural products, increased yields and farmer’s income.

“Agricultural land resources management department of the General Directorate of Agriculture has prepared training documents for integrated land and nutrient management procedures in the production of safe vegetable crops for farmers in eight target provinces,” he said.

The provinces are Kandal, Prey Veng, Kampong Cham, Tbong Khmum, Kratie, Kampong Chhnang, Battambang and Siem Reap, which are working with the provincial agriculture departments.

According to the agricultural land resources management department under the General Department of Agriculture, after opening the training sessions, 331 people participated, including 149 women from 9 farming communities in the provinces.

Seng Wang, director of the agricultural land resource management department, said the training aims to increase knowledge of land management and land nutrients in the production of safe vegetable crops to achieve high yields through safety and quality, as well as the sustainable use of land resources.

“After finishing the course, we also want farmers to understand more deeply how to make the principles of soil nutrient management in crop production more effective. Farmers need to pay more attention to three main factors.

“First, understanding agricultural land; second, understanding key nutrients and plant needs; and third, understanding effective and sustainable soil and nutrient management measures,” he said.