Cambodia Agricultural Value Chain Program

MAFF minister and Australian ambassador visit CAVAC’s fields

Overview of the field visit

H.E. Veng Sakhon, Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF), and H. E Angela Corcoran, Australian Ambassador to Cambodia accompanied by:

  • Luke Arnold, Deputy Head of Mission, Australian Embassy;
  • Simon Buckley, First Secretary, Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade;
  • Secretary of States, Under Secretary of State, Director General, Deputy Director General, GLO, and other senior officials of MAFF;
  • Relevant partners (PDAFFs in Prey Veng and Kandal, Kong Noun Group, Agri-Smart, Harvest Center Cambodia (HCC), Yanmar Prey Veng, Lim Bun Heng Group, Angkor Green and local service providers from Battambang, and Takeo and Prey Veng, chilli trader, processor and seed supplier, etc.);
  • Farmer Water User Community and Agricultural Cooperatives; and
  • CAVAC management and technical staff.


The main objectives of the visit include:

  1. To demonstrate CAVAC’s partnerships to promote and support local service providers’ introduction of laser land levelling (by Kong Noun Group) and direct seed planters (HCC and Agri-Smart);
  2. To meet with an input company working to improve soil fertility management in cassava production.
  3. To meet with agricultural mechanization dealers/service providers (land levelling, seed planters, harvesters, etc.) whose works can improve agricultural productivity and incomes;
  4. To understand CAVAC’s partnerships with key market players to improve farmers’ ability to diversify into chilli
  5. To discuss opportunities and challenges for public-private partnerships (PPP), the agricultural machinery dealers, and local mechanization service providers, and their involvement in the agricultural modernization in Cambodia.

Wednesday 9th May 2018

Time Duration  Destination Responsible Activities
06:45 Bopha Angkor Restaurant All Delegates arrive at Bopha Angkor Restaurant, 120m from Borey Peng Hout Boeung Snor on National Road 1
06:45-07:00 15 minutes Bopha Angkor Restaurant Michael and Pech Sokhem Michael welcomes the Delegates to the trip.

Dr. Sokhem brief to all the Delegates about the whole trip arrangement (arrangement, field activities the Delegates will see etc.)


07:00 – 08:30


1.30 hour Leave Bopha Angkor Restaurant for Anlong Reach, Prey Veng CAVAC Working Group Bopha Angkor Restaurant
08.30 – 09.00 30 minutes CAVAC Anlong Reach Irrigation Scheme Somica Anlong Reach Irrigation Scheme in Kampong Trabek Commune, Kampong Trabek District, Prey Veng Province.
09.00 – 10.00 1 hour Anlong Reach FWUC Office CAVAC Working Group Short presentations:


1.       Short overview of market system approach CAVAC is applying and its impact pathway-Pieter Ypma.

2.       Cassava intervention of Lim Bun Heng Co., Ltd. (LBH) on soil fertility management, Ms. Por Neng, C1;


3.       Rice Varieties and Direct Seeding Technology – labour and cost saving, Ms. Cheu Ponleu, C3;


4.       Laser land levelling – innovation for improving productivity and input efficiency, Mr. Sourn Sophoan, C1;


5.       Proof of Concept of Sustainable Irrigation, Mr. Meas Somica, C2.


10.00 – 10.30 30 minutes CAVAC Anlong Reach Irrigation Scheme Phousana, C3 Field demonstration of Eli Seeder and HCC – Dry Seed Direct Seeding.
10.30- 11.00 30 minutes CAVAC Anlong Reach Irrigation Scheme Sophoan, C1 Field demonstration of laser land levelling of Kong Nuon Group
11.00-12.00 60 minutes Sophoan, C1 Travel to Baray Restaurant in Prey Veng City Town for lunch and have a short talk with local mechanization service providers and input suppliers.
12:00-12.45 45 minutes Baray Restaurant Sophoan and Phousana Lunch at Baray Restaurant near Prey Veng Town
12:45-13:30 45 minutes Baray Restaurant Sokhem MAFF Minster, Ambassador and Delegates have dialogue with around 20 local mechanization service providers (Prey Veng, Pursat, and Takeo), 2 input providers (Angkor Green and Lim Bunheng Company), and agricultural machinery importer (HCC and Kong Nuon), local producer of machinery (AgriSmart) and laser land levelling dealer from Banteay Meanchey in the main hall of Baray Restaurant. The objective of the talk is for the Delegate to capture the role of these private business in modernizing agriculture in Cambodia and understand their challenges in reflecting with the market development approach CAVAC is applying.
13:30–14:45 75 minutes Leave for Prek Dambang Sophoan and Phousana Meeting with EAST WEST seed, traders, processor and chili farmers in Thmey village, Rompear commune, Mukampol district, Kandal, National Road 6A.
14.45-15.35 50 minutes Ms. Choup Cheavy, C1 Meeting with EAST WEST seed, traders, processor and chili farmers in Prek Dambang, Mukampol, Kandal, National Road 6A.
15:35-15:50 15 minutes Travel from Prek Dambang to a Café at Tela Station. Cheavy Travel from Prek Dam Bang to a Café at Tela Station on the National Road 6
15:50-16:00 10 minutes Café Michael an Sokhem Michael and Dr. Sokhem wrap up the whole trip and gives the floor to the Home to thank the Minister and his Delegates from MAFF who join the trip.
16.00-16.30 30 minutes Return to Phnom Penh Cheavy Travel from the Café at Tela Station to Phnom Penh through Ly Yong Phat Bridge.


The Cambodia Agricultural Value Chain Program Phase II (CAVAC) is an AUD 89 million DFAT-funded agricultural program, over six years between 2016-2021. Its purpose is to increase the productivity and incomes of small farmers, and trade in milled rice and other crops by strengthening market systems and investing in community-managed irrigation infrastructure. The design specifies three program components:

  • Productivity and Diversification
  • Water Management and Irrigation
  • Rice Milling and Export

The Productivity and Diversification, and Rice Milling and Export components adopt a market systems development approach. Specifically, they promote improvements to the agricultural inputs, mechanisation, milling, and export markets that will lead to increased incomes for smallholder farmers. The Water Management and Irrigation component constructs irrigation infrastructure and builds the capacity of local Farmer Water User Communities (FWUCs) to sustainably manage the infrastructure.

These activities are delivered in cooperation with the Royal Government of Cambodia (RGC) through a significant number of private sector partnerships, and a limited number of civil society partnerships.

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