NZ gives Cambodia $6.5m horticulture aid

  • 08/08/2017
The aid will assist Cambodian farmers diversify into more sustainable crops. Photo credit: Getty

New Zealand is giving Cambodia $6.5 million over five years, as well as plant and food expertise, to help develop the country’s horticulture industry.

Foreign Minister Gerry Brownlee announced the Cambodia Quality Horticulture Initiative on Tuesday, saying it would help Cambodian farmers diversify into more sustainable crops, as well as improving production and food safety.

Plant and Food Research, a Crown research institute, will provide the science and innovation expertise.

"The initiative will work closely with local partners that are supporting and sourcing produce from smallholder farms," Mr Brownlee said.

The initiative is part of the ASEAN-New Zealand Strategic Partnership and Plan of Action 2016-2020, which supports agricultural industry training as well as food safety and standards.