Sunday, June 20, 2010

Int'l organizations help digging wells for Cambodian farmers

PHNOM PENH, June 12 (Xinhua) -- Cambodian government in cooperation with development partners have been digging about 1, 000 water wells for Cambodian farmers in rural areas, a government official said here Saturday.
Mao Saray, director of rural water supply department of Ministry of Rural Development, said Saturday that the Asian Development Bank, United Nations Children Fund and International Monetary Fund are the major development partners that have engaged in the project.
He said the government allocated 2,000 million riel (about 500, 000 U.S. dollars) for water well projects.
Irrigation network and clean water supply are still inadequate in Cambodia, and thus many Cambodian villagers dig their own water wells to get water for their daily consumption.
Mao Saray said the digging of water wells for rural farmers are conducted throughout the 24 provinces and city -- with the aim of helping the people access to water.
However, he said, of the 24 provinces and city, there are seven provinces and cities that the underground water contains acetic which is harmful to human skins and health.
He said the seven provinces and city are Phnom Penh, Kandal, Kampong Thom, Kompong Chhnang, Kratie and Prey Veng.
And in order to get rid of their health risk by the use of water wells in those locations, health experts help them use proper filters.
Of the country's 14 million population, about 80 percent are farmers.

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