Phnom Penh (FN), Aug. 29 – Cambodian prime minister Hun Manet advised the Ministry of Agriculture to thoroughly oversee the process of recruiting technical officers for providing agricultural services to the rural communes, and that the recruitment must be transparent, fair and gives priority to those with agricultural knowledge and high commitment.

The premier spoke during his meeting with nearly 20,000 workers in Phnom Penh's Por Senchey district on Tuesday morning (Aug. 29).

On that occasion, Manet reiterated the agricultural development plan, in which the Royal Government has set a specific budget of approximately USD 100 million for allocation.

Regarding the recruitment, Manet stated that the Royal Government plans to deploy technical officers to provide agricultural services to all rural communes throughout the country to promote agricultural productivity and assist farmers' families in promoting their agricultural products.

After the recruitment is done, the Ministry of Agriculture must have additional training programs for the officers before sending them to work in the field, and must manage the number of local agricultural officials effectively and sustainably to avoid entry and transfer to other ministries, Manet added.

At the same time, the premier did not encourage officials to transfer from the agricultural ministry to other ministries.