Ministry signs agricultural training agreement with Korean university and company

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The Ministry of Agriculture on August 1 signed a tripartite agreement with Korea National Open University (KNOU) and South Korea’s Orient Group on training and human resource development in agriculture to strengthen plant and animal production capacities.

The MoU was signed at the Seoul-based university by Cambodia’s Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Veng Sakhon, KNOU Chairman Ko Songhwan and Orient Group boss Jang Jae- jin, KNOU Weekly confirmed, noting that Orient Group has been working with the ministry’s forestry administration since 2012.

Occasionally, “in-depth and comprehensive” discussions were held on human resource development through agricultural skills training for civil servants, students, teachers and farmers, according to a statement posted on the page. Official Facebook of Sakhon.

The MoU aims to develop human resources in the agricultural sector to increase production capacity and production, and boost productivity while ensuring adequate safety and quality standards, as well as to strengthen and expand agricultural chains of production, added value and competitiveness in international markets, he added. .

Sakhon said in the statement that the visit was motivated by Cambodia’s need to further develop its human resources in food production, although he stressed self-sufficiency, stable food security situation and exporter status. Kingdom food.

To better realize the potential of Cambodia’s agricultural production, the ministry is working to engage the private sector, development partners and cooperatives to promote the development of the sector, and in particular of a stronger workforce. qualified, he added.

KNOU’s Ko said the MoU would establish cooperation that would not only promote education, but also reduce poverty and improve the financial situation of farming households.

He said the training would equip farmers, civil servants and teachers with the basics of theoretical and practical learning, thereby boosting the growth and development of the sector, according to the statement.

“I believe this MoU will help South Korea and Cambodia develop closer relations beyond just [KNOU]Orient Group and [the ministry]. I hope today’s memorandum of understanding will not end as a passing encounter, but will grow into a deep relationship,” Ko said in the KNOU Weekly article.

Jang d’Orient Group added: “Education is the only way to overcome poverty and build oneself. When I met [Sakhon] in June, I heard about his struggles to free farmers from poverty. And the way to receive the most effective education at the lowest cost is precisely KNOU’s distance learning programs.

“I fervently hope that Cambodian farmers will have access to the splendid educational opportunities provided by [KNOU]as well as its trainings and platforms, and escaping poverty,” KNOU Weekly quoted him as saying.

“Today is just the beginning.”

Cambodia exported 5,035,425.25 tonnes of agricultural products in the first half of 2022, an increase of 581,374.40 tonnes or 13.05 percent from the 4,454,050 tonnes recorded in the same period last year, according to Ministry figures. With a total value of more than $2.196 billion, according to exporter invoices, exports were destined for 65 countries and territories.

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