Phnom Penh (FN), Dec. 14 - Head of EU Delegation to the Kingdom of Cambodia George Edgar announced that the EU will allocate approximately EUR 87 million (about US$99 million) for the implementation of the Fisheries Program as well as the development of aquaculture in Cambodia.

On 13 December, Veng Sakhon, Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries and George visited the ‘Dai fisheries’ on Tonle Sap, the richest inland fisheries in Southeast Asia, EU in Cambodia wrote on Facebook Thursday.

“Fisheries are very important for the food security of the Cambodian people. After investing EUR 30 million in the Aquaculture sector, the EU has just approved a new EUR 87 million ‘capture fisheries’ programme to support the sustainable management of Cambodia’s fisheries sector, with a particular focus on Tonle Sap and marine resources. This new CAPFISH-Capture programme will start in 2019 till 2023,” it added.

Ambassador George said that fisheries management, as well as aquaculture, are crucial for providing nutrition and ensuring food security in Cambodia.

According to Cambodian Minister Sakhon, the budget will be used to conserve and manage fisheries resources; support and train the fishing community on conservation and to maximize their income.