Cambodia

Sugar giant has sweet dreams

A colossal sugar mill in Preah Vihear province will roar to life again next week. Rui Feng (Cambodia) International’s sugar mill and refinery, Chinese-owned firm and its four sister companies collectively hold five separate ELC licences covering a total 40,000 hectares.

Aquaculture plan gets the nod

Cambodia has agreed for a China-based firm to invest $100 million in freshwater and seawater aquaculture projects to supply fish for local demand and export, beginning with a pilot zone to grow tilapia fish in 200 hectares of ponds before investing in 2,000 hectares.

More protests at Land Ministry

Representative from nearly 200 families protested at the Ministry of Land Management in Phnom Penh, demanding the ministry expedite a solution to their land disputes with three sugarcane plantation companies in Koh Kong province.

Hundreds ask for help in disputes

About 500 people representing thousands of families from by citizens from Kampong Speu, Koh Kong, Preah Vihear and Oddar Meanchey provinces affected by the development of sugarcane plantations requested intervention from Hun Sen.

Sugar company worn out by empty promises

Some 100 farmers who have spent the past 11 days sleeping on land to guard it from bulldozers in Preah Vihear province, Cambodia are exhausted by empty promises from the government to solve their problem.

EU pressure effective?

In recent years, communities displaced by sugar plantations have attempted to reclaim their land by targeting the plantations’ investors and buyers overseas, but a study published last week in the peer-reviewed Journal of Civil Society suggests such efforts may disappoint.