Monday, August 11, 2008

Cambodia set to build more dams

[This is the print version of story]
Cambodia will spend roughly 400 million US dollars later this year to begin construction of new dams in a bid to improve the country's irrigation system and boost rice exports.

The Mekong Times quotes Water Resources Minister Lim Kean Hor as saying that irrigation will eventually cover one million hectares of paddies throughout the country.

He says the first construction steps have started and the government hopes irrigation will reach nearly 60 percent of the entire country's rice fields, currently only 44 percent are irrigated.

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