Monday, 11.2.2008: Companies Invested on 70,000 Hectares of Economic Land Concession in Kratie Province, Only 200 Hectares of the Land Have Been Planted With Rubber Trees

Posted on 12 February 2008. Filed under: Week 547 |

The Mirror, Vol. 12, No. 547

“Kratie: Ten companies had been granted authorization to invest on more than 70,000 hectares of economic land concessions in Kratie province. Until now, only one company has planted rubber trees on 200 hectares of land. The others have just leveled the ground and cut down trees.

“Mr. Kuy Huot, Director of the Kratie Provincial Department of Agriculture recently told Rasmei Kampuchea that in Kratie, there are 10 companies that were granted economic land concessions by the Royal Government. Among them, 6 companies are in Sambo district, 3 companies are in Snuol, and 1 company is in Kratie, totaling 70,000 hectares of land.

“But those companies seem to have not done anything remarkable according to the contracts made with the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries.

“So far, the contracts of two companies in Svay Chreah commune, Snuol, and of a Chinese company in Sambo were terminated or temporarily suspended.

“The director of the Kratie Provincial Department of Agriculture continued to say that among all companies only Phou Rieng, that was granted nearly 10,000 hectares in Snuol, has planted rubber trees on more than 200 hectares of land. The company will continue to plant rubber trees on additional 300 hectares of land in 2008 as projected according to the company’s master plan.

“Some other companies planted no trees in 2007. They only leveled the ground and prepared roads into the company’s premise, and they built some infrastructure within their companies.

“Mr. Kuy Huot noted that the delayed process of these companies in Kratie is due to the fact that they are waiting for their master plans to be approved by the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries.

“Some other companies have already prepared [rubber] seedlings to be planted during the rainy season in 2008.

“The director of the Provincial Department of Agriculture added also that those companies that have economic land concessions include Phou Reing, Heng Heng Sambath, and the Tong Meng Group that had planed to plant rubber trees. But they do not plan to plant rubber trees, but to grow teak trees using seedlings of a quick-growing variety.

“For granting authorization to private companies to invest on economic land concessions, the Royal Government has the clear policy of granting only land not covered by forest. The benefits from such investments are used to encourage the private sectors to create employment for people and income for the country.

“Mr. Kuy Huot added that the companies that received these economic land concessions have to plan and study the socio-economic and environmental impact in advance. Besides that, the Ministry of Agriculture and the provincial authorities have to ensure that the companies’ investments will achieve good results and will not have negative effects.

“Actually, some of these companies having economic land concessions for investment in Kratie did not properly follow the Royal Government’s policy. Those companies only want to occupy the land and the forests so that they can gain benefit for their own companies”. Rasmei Kampuchea, Vol.16, #4512, 10.2.2008

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Monday, 11 February 2008

Chuoy Khmer, Vol.2, #40, 11.2.2008

  • Human Rights Party Concerned about Yuon [Vietnamese] Entering to Get Voter Registration Cards Issued to Vote for Cambodian People’s Party
  • Parliamentarians and Officials of No-Longer Opposing Party [= Sam Rainsy Party] Who Are Hungry for Power Join the Cambodian People’s Party
  • Sam Rainsy Sends Followers to Join and Ask for Power from the Cambodian People’s Party Before He and All Other Officials Become Hun Sen’s Slaves after the 2008 Elections [Chuoy Khmer editorial]

Khmer Machas Srok, Vol.2, #106, 11.2.2008

  • Mr. Eng Chhay Ieng [secretary-general of the Sam Rainsy Party]: Even if Eng Chhay Ieng would Leave, Sam Rainsy Party Would Not Be Weak
  • Prince Ranariddh: I Am Not Confident that I Will Be Able to Return to the Country Soon

Moneaksekar Khmer, Vol.15, #3384, 11.2.2008

  • Eng Chhay Ieng: Sam Rainsy Party Does Not Consider Individuals’ Positions to Be Important [about Sam Rainsy Party parliamentarians leaving the party to join the Cambodian People’s Party]
  • Oknha Khov Chily Removed as Advisor to Chea Sim because of Land Disputes [in Koh Kong]
  • Nuon Chea Calls for Help from Strongman Hun Sen; Ieng Sary Sent [from hospital] Back to Khmer Rouge Tribunal Prison

Rasmei Kampuchea, Vol.16, #4512, 10-11.2.2008

  • Companies Invested on 70,000 Hectares of Economic Land Concession in Kratie Province, Only 200 Hectares of the Land Have Been Planted With Rubber Trees
  • About 20% of Sam Rainsy Party Parliamentarians Join Cambodian People’s Party
  • Samdech Dekchor Speaks about Preparation to Reconstruct Main Irrigation Systems in Kompong Speu with More Than US$50 Million
  • US Ambassador [to Cambodia Joseph A. Mussomeli]: In Many Countries Ambassadors Have Bodyguards, but Not Here [he said he walks his three-year-old son every day in Phnom Penh without being afraid of anything]
  • Australian Federal Police Will Come to Help to Increase Capacity of Cambodian Officials Who Implement Laws against Drugs

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