Almost 200,000 hectares of rice fields affected by drought in Cambodia

September 1, 2015 5:23 am 

PHNOM PENH, Aug. 31 — The continuing dry spell has greatly affected vast portions of rice fields in the country.

According to a report from the Agriculture Ministry released on Monday, some 185,451 hectares of rice seedlings have been affected by drought in some areas in 13 provinces and cities.

"A lack of water has affected 185,451 hectares of rice fields in which 9,240 hectares have been completely damaged," Agriculture Minister Ouk Rabun wrote in a report sent to Prime Minister Hun Sen.

The country's rainy season usually starts in May. However,an early-season drought this year which lasted for a longer time has resulted in lack of water.

Rabun said the country has planted more than 2.12 million hectares of rice seedlings in equivalent to 82.7 percent of the 2.57-million-hectare production target.

Agriculture is one of the four major pillars supporting the country's economy. In 2014, the Southeast Asian nation produced over 9 million tons of paddy rice. (PNA/Xinhua)

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