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Family Animal Husbandry Has Been Transformed into Commercial Animal Husbandry

PHNOM PENH: According to the Minister of Agriculture, family animal husbandry has now been transformed into commercial animal husbandry, including the farming of pigs, chickens and ducks.

The Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Veng Sakhon, said during the inauguration ceremony of De Heus Cambodia B.V. (De Heus), in cooperation with TMH (Cambodia) Co., Ltd., animal feeding factory, that more than 90% of farmland in Cambodia is now plowed with machinery. While cattle were previously raised for plowing, cattle are now more so raised just for meat. This reflects how the livestock production sub-sector has been steadily advancing towards one of the Royal Government of Cambodia’s goals to develop this sub-sector, with aims to raise breeding standards through the use of quality breeds, to increase the scale of safe farm management, animal health and environmental protection, and the production of quality meat products to ensure public health.

The Minister emphasized that the establishment of the feed mill was in line with the Prime Minister's recommendation, which was to improve the investment climate in Cambodia and ensure favorable conditions for the private sector. This is in addition to also calling for support and encouraging the private sector, as a necessary obligation of the Ministry, to work together to enhance the livestock production sector, ensure supply to the domestic market in the context of Covid-19, and to move further towards sustainable development.

He added that linked to the success that both the aforementioned companies have achieved in the more than 10 years of business life in Cambodia, is contributions made to promote local animal feed production, reduce imports, create jobs for people and raise family income. To be the input of both the legal, technical and policy framework of the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries is also a policy of the Royal Government.

The Minister suggested that the company should study and research more on the production of snakehead fish feed, to use local natural materials through contract production with local farmers, and reduce imports. He added that the company should set up a livestock farm or have to sign a contract with a local producer to help promote the variety and technique, and to test the quality of the feed. The company must also maintain unity and friendship between employees, and employers must maintain a sense of harmonization ("company helps employees - employees help the company") to maintain good cooperation with professional units and local authorities for the prosperity and sustainability of business. Efforts must be made to expand the production capacity of all types of animal feed, in order to utilize more human resources, knowledge, experience and local raw materials to achieve the vision of the Prime Minister by 2030.

De Heus TMH is one of the 10 largest animal feed manufacturers in the world and is over 111 years old, into the fifth generation of its founding. The company is originally from the Netherlands and has invested US $15 million to build a factory in Cambodia on 7,154 square meters of land, with a total production capacity of 15,000 tons of all kinds of animal feed per month, employing 52 workers, and with plans to produce 180,000 tons of animal feed per year.

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