Cambodia-Australia Agricultural Value Chain Program

Improving seed quality and mechanisation

CAVAC works with CARDI, CRF and GDA on the introduction of four new rice varieties that have export potential.  Seed quality in the rice sector remains an issue and poor-quality seed leads to poor quality paddy delivered to the rice mills. CAVAC initiated the idea of Quality Declared Seed (QDS) as a steppingstone to a future comprehensive seed certification system. CAVAC has taken the lead with JICA, GDA, Rice-SDP and IRRI to develop the QDS system and train PDAFF staff and seed producers.

Very high seed rates used in Cambodia hinder the acceptance of quality seed by small holder farmers. CAVAC has demonstrated that by mechanical direct seeding, seed rates can be reduced significantly, offering an incentive to farmers to renew their seed source regularly.