The number of livestock raised in the Kingdom has increased significantly during the pandemic, according to data from the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF).
MAFF’s data shows that as of Dec 2, 2020, livestock production increased from 42.02 million heads to 49.42 million heads, up 17.6 percent compared to the same period in 2019. Livestock production included fowl, (chicken and ducks), cattle (cows and buffalo), and poultry.
The data showed that this year the nation’s livestock production took place on 1,232 farms. Of these, 681 are poultry producers (13.135million birds), 547 produce pork (1.33 million pigs) and 54 are cattle farms (12, 974 head of cattle).
“During the pandemic, Cambodia has [put a great deal of] effort [towards boosting] local production in the horticulture, aquaculture livestock production sectors in order to contribute to generating [income] for [the nation’s agri-workers], help create jobs and ensure the Kingdom’s food security,” according to the MAFF.
The December 3 commodities price report from Phnom Penh Markets pegged price averages as follows: pork 26,400 riel ($6.6) per kilo, duck 15,600 riel ($3.9) per kilo, beef 39,800 riel ($9.95) per kilo, and chicken 28,000 ($7 per kilo).
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