Cambodian Cassava Production Down 2018-2019

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Cambodian Cassava Production Down 2018-2019

Post by CEOCambodiaNews » Sun Feb 10, 2019 10:52 am

Cassava down in 2018-2019
08 Feb 2019
The cassava yield in the provinces bordering Thailand saw a decrease in the 2018-2019 season, with a slight fluctuation in prices, said provincial agricultural authorities.

Battambang provincial Department of Commerce director Kim Hout said the decline in cultivation was due to a large number of farmers shifting to other crops, such as corn to adjust to market trends.

“Normally, farmers switch [crops according] to market prices. When the price of cassava is high, they grow cassava and when the price of red corn is high, they that,” he said, adding that because of the high price of corn last year, farmers allotted more of their land to grow corn, thus reducing cassava production.

Hout said about 20-30 per cent of farmers are currently allocating their land for long-term crops such as longan and mangoes.

Hout said about 80 per cent of Battambang province’s cassava is exported to Thailand, while another 20 per cent is sold to Vietnam by traders.

For the 2018-2019 harvest season, Battambang province harvested more than two million tonnes of cassava, while in the 2017-2018 season nearly five million tonnes were harvested, according to the provincial Department of Domestic Trade’s data.

Provincial Department of Agriculture figures shows that during the season, the province had 113,498ha of cassava cultivation area.

Data shows that fresh cassava was sold at an average price of 270 riel ($0.067) per kg while dry cassava went for 650 riel, which is similar to 2017 prices. “As yields fall, the price slightly increases compared to last year,” Hout said.
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Re: Cambodian Cassava Production Down 2018-2019

Post by CEOCambodiaNews » Wed Mar 13, 2019 8:29 am

Tracking The Spread Of Cassava Mosaic Virus
The Sri Lankan cassava mosaic virus threatens 3.5 million hectares of crops in Southeast Asia, highlighting the need for disease-resistant varieties, say researchers.

AsianScientist (Mar. 11, 2019) – An international team of researchers has documented the spread of the Sri Lankan cassava mosaic virus (SLCMV) over a single growing season to inform disease control measures. Their findings are published in PLOS ONE.
In 2015, news that the potentially harvest-devastating Sri Lankan cassava mosaic virus (SLCMV) was spreading in Cambodia raised alarm. Since then, containment measures have not improved due to difficulties in detecting the virus, demonstrating the virus’ potential to become a major threat to the livelihoods of millions of smallholder farming families who grow the cash crop on more than 3.5 million hectares in Southeast Asia, generating over US$4 billion of export revenue.


In the present study, researchers led by Assistant Professor Nami Minato at the International Center for Tropical Agriculture, Colombia, recorded how SLCMV spread over a single growing season to obtain a systematic baseline evaluation of SLCMV in Southeast Asia.
The researchers collected some 6,500 samples from 420 fields in Vietnam and Cambodia during the 2016 sampling period, and discovered 49 SLCMV-infected plants across two provinces in Eastern Cambodia.
While this represented only a two percent infection rate, since that time the disease was reported in Vietnam and Thailand, suggesting that SLCMV has taken hold in Southeast Asia. Read more from Asian Scientist Magazine at: https://www.asianscientist.com/2019/03/ ... -research/
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