Rubber exports surge by 22%

Source : Phnom Penh Post 

A rubber plantation in Cambodia’s Tbong Khmum province. Heng Chivoan

Cambodian rubber exports surged 22 per cent during the first nine months of the year, compared to the same period last year, figures from the Ministry of Agriculture said.

Local producers exported 140,303 tonnes of rubber during the period – an increase of 25,240 tonnes compared to a year earlier, said Pol Sopha, the director-general of the Rubber Department at the Ministry of Agriculture. Continue reading

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Rush for ancestral ashes amid riverbank collapse in capital

Source : Khmer Times 

A man recovers ashes from a stupa at the pagoda. KT/Sen David

People were frantically removing the ashes of loved ones from stupas along the riverbank in Veal Sbov commune in Phnom Penh yesterday after five were damaged by riverbank collapses.

Commune chief Yon Sophal said that on Saturday a riverbank collapsed near Kdey Takoy pagoda in Kdey Takoy village. Continue reading

Phnom Penh SEZ gets $10M in investment

Source : Phnom Penh Post

The Phnom Penh Special Economic Zone close to the capital’s airport. post staff

Kampong Speu villagers meet to solve land dispute

Source : Phnom Penh Post

Villagers from Trapaing Chou commune in Kampong Speu province gather to seek a solution to their long-running land dispute with a sugar company owned by tycoon Ly Yong Path. CCFC

Some 500 people from Trapaing Chou commune in Kampong Speu province’s Oral district gathered at Trapaing Chou pagoda to seek a solution to their long-running land dispute with Phnom Penh Sugar.

The company is owned by prominent tycoon Ly Yong Phat. Continue reading

Kratie to have two more wildlife sanctuaries

Source : Khmer Times 

The sanctuaries will help protect endangered animals. DAP News

The government is creating two more wildlife sanctuaries, totalling more than 60,000 hectares, in Kratie province to further preserve natural resources, mitigate climate change and reduce the risk of natural disasters. Continue reading

Seven nabbed and 686 birds seized in wildlife trade crackdown

Source : Khmer Times 

Authorities with the accused and the dead birds seized from them. Battambang Police

Sangke district police in Battambang province on Thursday arrested seven people and seized more than 600 dead birds during a crackdown on wildlife trade in the district.

Major General Sun Sovan, district police chief, said yesterday that he led the raids following a directive from provincial police chief Ouch Sokhon. Continue reading

Four jailed for illegal logging

Source : Khmer Times 

The suspects were caught in Mondulkiri province. MOE

Four suspects were jailed Thursday for illegally harvesting luxury timber from a protected forest in Mondulkiri province’s Koh Nhek district, a court official said yesterday.

Morm Vanda, a provincial court spokesman, yesterday said the four were jailed after being suspected of illegal logging in a protected area. Continue reading