Min of Agriculture responds to allegations of loss of fisheries

Khmer Times

The Ministry of Agriculture yesterday responded to criticism and accusations by opposition groups and the media that the decline and loss of fish production is due to the incompetence of the Ministry, the Fisheries Administration and local officials.

The criticism also raised concerns over illegal deforestation, flooding, illegal occupation and no measures to release fish species.

Minister of Agriculture Veng Sakhon said critics have the right to express their views, as well as finding corrupt officials for legal action, adding that these individuals should recognise the political turning point in the government’s reform of this sub-sector since the implementation of decentralisation after 2016.

The government decided to decentralise by giving authority to the governors to lead the crackdown on fisheries and forestry crimes. Now in these cases, the ministry can only intervene if necessary.

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