Protection file

Cabinet passes Plant Protection Bill

The Council of Ministers on February 4 approved a draft law on plant protection and phytosanitary measures in a session chaired by Prime Minister Hun Sen. MPS

The Cabinet of Ministers on February 4 approved a draft law on plant protection and phytosanitary measures in a session chaired by Prime Minister Hun Sen, according to government spokesman Phay Siphan.

The bill is in line with government policies and strategies, relevant national legal frameworks, and regional and international conventions and agreements on plant protection and phytosanitary issues, Siphan wrote on Facebook.

The document is designed to guide trends in food security in agriculture and associated improvements, strengthen agricultural production and exports, and ensure sustainable development in the process of global economic integration marked by fierce competition, a he declared.

The draft law sets out phytosanitary and other measures for the protection and control of plants and plant health, including safety devices against the transmission and spread of pests; safeguards of plant resources; and frameworks to encourage the hygienic and safe production of larger volumes of agricultural products at higher quality levels, he added.

For the benefit of farmers, he said, the document aims to give a significant boost to agricultural development, among other things, by reducing economic losses caused by pests affecting agricultural production systems.