To reduce imports, MAFF has drawn up a roadmap leading up to 2030 with a projected production growth of 3%, to deliver a capacity of 335,000 tons of meat in a decade.
MAFF’s spokesman Srey Vuthy said the ministry also intends to boost the proportion of commercial farms from the current 15% to 30% by 2023.
“We encourage the private sector to invest in commercial animal farms as it will help grow the industry,” said Mr Vuthy.
In January, MAFF reduced the number of chicken importers to seven companies, and brought in a limit of 17,000 chickens per day.
MAFF said this restriction has helped balance the price of chicken in the domestic market, and supported local farmers in increasing their production.
“The government is doing the right thing with these restriction because they are protecting our farmers’ interests,” said Srun Pov, CLRA’s President.
He pointed out that local chicken prices increased after the import cuts, and local supplies remain stable, at 130,000 chickens per day.