After almost a decade of analysis and growth, Cambodia and Australia on April 5 collectively introduced the official launch of a brand new fragrance rice selection named Champei Sar 70 (CPS 70) to mark the seventieth anniversary of diplomatic ties between the 2 nations.
CPS 70 was born of shut collaboration between the Cambodian Agricultural Research and Development Institute (CARDI) and the Australian authorities, following 9 years of research and 80 on-farm trials in each dry and wet seasons. The cultivar was developed from the award-winning “Phka Rumduol with CNi9024”, in line with an April 5 joint press launch by the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries and the Australian embassy in Phnom Penh.
Agriculture minister Dith Tina and Australian ambassador Justin Whyatt collectively harvested CPS 70 through the April 5 ceremonial launch on the CARDI headquarters on the outskirts of the capital.
Tina famous that CPS 70 was named by Prime Minister Hun Sen to rejoice the 2 nations’ diplomatic relations, which have now turned 70.
“This new selection will considerably contribute to the diversification of aromatic rice manufacturing and the export of aromatic rice to worldwide markets, resulting in the development of farmers’ livelihoods,” Tina was quoted as saying within the launch.
Whyatt stated his authorities takes delight in offering assist for the event of CPS 70.
“I hope that farmers throughout Cambodia will develop CPS 70 to provide native and worldwide markets, together with Australia,” Whyatt was cited as saying within the launch.
According to CARDI director Lor Bunna, CPS 70 is a non-seasonal crop that matures after three months. It is immune to floods and drought, thereby enabling farmers to develop it two to a few occasions per yr.
“This rice selection could be very helpful for each farmers and merchants. It might assist farmers lower down on their bills and efforts to deal with their rice fields. Since it’s non-seasonal, merchants should buy the paddy all yr spherical,” he stated.