The Royal Government Is Disappointed about Land Concessions Provided to Private Companies – Tuesday, 28.7.2009

Posted on 29 July 2009. Filed under: Week 623 |

The Mirror, Vol. 13, No. 623

“Low grade forest land, eroded partly because of a lack of forest coverage, has been provided as concession land to some local investors in order to develop agriculture and agro-industry, based on available land, but so far, some local investment companies have not acted and there is little action on some land while the owners of the companies put blame on the global economic downturn and say that they cannot do anything because there is no market demand.

“An official working at the Ministry of Agriculture, who asked not to be named, said recently that the Royal Government has provided millions of hectares of concession land in some provinces to some local investment companies to grow agricultural and agro-industry crops, in order to counter the global economic crisis. The Royal Government has successfully increased agricultural output during the last five years, making the economic situation in Cambodia to suffer only a minor crisis that did not affect the inflation rate, as the Riel remains stable so far. The concession of land focusing on local eroded forest land aims at promoting agriculture to withstand the economic crisis, and the Royal Government expected that those companies would produces paddy rice, and other agricultural and agro-industrial crops. But by now, those companies have not acted, and some companies are clearing the remaining forest very slowly, intending to delay developing the contracted concession lands.

“The same official added that not only the Ministry of Agriculture, but also the Royal Government, which had provided eroded forest land to those companies, do not understand their intention, avoiding to begin operations in response to the Royal Government’s aim. Most companies said that they have not finished clearing the remaining forest and land, or have not yet checked what kinds of crops to plant. These are pretexts they use so that they are not blamed by the Royal Government, though they do not fulfill the Royal Government’s plan to act against the economic crisis from which Cambodia is suffering like other countries. Even though the effect is small, the Royal Government is concerned about it.

“Cambodian economists said that if private companies would fulfill the intention of the Royal Government, Cambodia would be able to prevent inflation, including national and international economic problems of the people. Also the head of the Royal Government, Samdech Dekchor Hun Sen, had called on all farmers to do rice cultivation twice a year in areas with irrigation systems. If farmers can cultivate twice a year and not let their land lay unused, 80% of all farmers would be able to improve their living in some degree, starting from the struggle for their own family economy. As the people in these companies make little effort and do not involve many citizens, the Royal government is deeply disappointed about these local investment companies that have not fulfilled the Royal Government’s plan, which is to strongly encourage agriculture so that no agricultural land in Cambodia is left unused and does not produce anything of value.” Krong Long Vek, Vol.7, #162, 27.7.2009

Newspapers Appearing on the Newsstand:
Tuesday, 28 July 2009

Deum Ampil, Vol.3, #247, 28.7.2009

  • Japan Grants More Than US$33 Million for Three Big Projects [National Road 1 improvement project, creation of an aquaculture project in Sihanoukville, and a rural clean water supply project in Memut District, Kompong Cham]
  • A Swiss Construction Company [Holcim] Grants US$90,000 for the Conservation of Temple Paintings of the Bakong Temple
  • Two Old Women Were Murdered in [separate] Robberies, where One Was Shot to Death on a Road, and the Other Was Hit so that She Died at Her House [perpetrators have not yet been arrested – Phnom Penh]
  • Vietnamese Bank [the Bank for Investment and Development of Vietnam] Donates US$800,000 to the Cambodian Red Cross
  • President Nicolas Sarkozy Fainted while He Was Jogging [he was hospitalized immediately, his condition is reported to be stable]

Kampuchea Thmey, Vol.8, #2007, 28.7.2009

  • There Have Not yet Been any Deaths related to the A/H1N1 Virus in Cambodia; there Was No A/H1N1 Infection at the Olympic Market [according the Ministry of Health – though there had been several disturbing rumors]
  • Samdech Akkak Ponhea Chakrey Heng Samrin Asks Vietnam to Continue to Expand Investments in Cambodia

Koh Santepheap, Vol.42, #6713, 28.7.2009

  • Cambodia Angkor Air, the New National Airline of Cambodia, Was Inaugurated [on 27 July 2009 in Phnom Penh with an investment of US$100 million [from Vietnam], where Cambodia has a 51% share while a Vietnamese company has 49%]
  • A New Big Website for Staff Recruitment in Cambodia Is Operated [it is accessible here: http://www.camhr.com]
  • North Korea Is Prepared to Negotiate [but only] with the United Sates of America

Krong Long Vek, Vol.7, #162, 27.7.2009

  • The Royal Government Is Disappointed about Land Concessions Provided to Private Companies

Rasmei Kampuchea, Vol.17, #4957, 28.7.2009

  • [Former Tuol Sleng Prison chief] Duch Rejected the Testimony of a Witness [Mr. Kok Sros] and a Torture Note [by the American historian David Chandler, based on an interview 10 years ago – it is claimed that the witness was a former Tuol Sleng Prison guard who claimed that Duch ordered every cruel torture against prisoners; however, Duch rejected that this person was a guard, and he demanded to be shown the staff lists for which it is claimed that there were more than 2,300 staff members]
  • Cambodia Sets New Date to Clear All Mines from the Country [2009 had been set as a goal, which had to be changed to 2020]
  • Riverbank Slid into the Mekong River, Taking Half of a Flat [fortunately, there was no casualty – Nirouth, Meanchey, Phnom Penh]
  • [Fifty] Remains of Vietnamese Volunteer Soldiers Who Died during the War in Cambodia Are Repatriated [to Vietnam]

Sereypheap Thmey, Vol.17, #1759, 28.7.2009

  • Global Witness Said that Senior Military Officials Collude with Foreign Companies to Exploit Mines Illegally [pointing to the names of Gen. Pol Saroeun and Gen. Meas Sophea, claiming they are involved in gold, cooper and other ore mining]

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