Australian aid to improve the quality of sweet potato crop diversification in Cambodia

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Australia, through the Cambodia-Australia Agriculture Value Chain (CAVAC) program, has extended its support to the Cambodian Agricultural Research and Development Institute (CARDI) to genetically improve sweetpotato germplasm to from 36 samples taken from the provinces of Takeo, Prey Veng and Preah Vihear.

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Sweet potato is a high value crop in Cambodia. It has strong export potential to key markets (such as Australia and the EU) and can improve farmers’ livelihoods, food security, nutrition and incomes, according to the Australian Embassy in Australia. Cambodia.

“We aim to improve and introduce varieties with good tuber quality and high yield for farmers to grow,” the embassy said in a Facebook post.

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Recently, CAVAC and CARDI led the process of tasting and selecting the best sweet potato varieties in Takeo.

Officials from the provincial Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Forestry, farmers, traders, exporters and development partners were invited to the event for the taste evaluation of steamed sweet potato, the embassy said, adding that the farmers were delighted and hope to grow the tested variety. on their farms. Chea Vannak – AKP

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