Friday, January 8, 2010

Brahman Cattle Show and Exhibition Held in Cambodia

BY BUTH REAKSMEY KONGKEA

About 150 different species of Brahman cattle were first displayed for the farmers at Ahrey Khsat village, Lvea Em district, Kandal province. The Brahman Cattle Show and Exhibition was held from January 7-9 and organized by the Cambodia Brahman Breeders’ Association (CBBA), a local association aiming to introduce the Brahman cattle growth and its meats for Cambodia’s markets.

Srey Chanto, President of the Cambodia Brahman Breeders’ Association (CBBA), said that this event marked the first time his association organized the “Brahman Cattle Show and Exhibition” for people in Kandal province as well as in Cambodia in order to promote the Brahman cattle industry in the Kingdom of Cambodia.

The purpose of the event is to celebrate the “Victory Day over Genocide.” It is also to promote the agricultural sector for cattle rearing, to motivate farmers raising cattle, share experiences, techniques and skills with farmers, and also to present the progress of cattle rearing in the developed countries concerning artificial insemination, embryo transfer, new types of vaccine, good and high protein grasses for feeding and making cattle grow faster, how to make the concentrate feed beneficial to cattle, and techniques to choose high productive breeds.

President Chanto said that this show will be arranged annually in Cambodia by Cambodia Brahman Breeders’ Association in the future.

“We have known that this is the first-ever show for Cambodia, thus, all people and farmers have not widely ever learned about such event. In this regards, as the president of CBBA, I would like to ask for your forgiveness beforehand regarding any deliberate and unintentional mistakes we may make,” he said at the exhibition. “We strongly believe that more farmers will participate in the show in the consecutive year and we will do our best to improve the show which is including the programs of competition of cattle from various farms, cattle bidding, and cattle exhibition.”

CBBA was established in early 2009, aiming to promote Brahman cattle industry as well as to share experiences, techniques and skills with farmer. When the association began the Brahman cattle breeding in early 2009, there were only 10 cattle but now there are over 150 Brahman cattle and 63 member farms in his association.

Khy Vibolbotra, Personal Assistant to the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Dr. Chan Sarun and Deputy Director of the International Cooperation in the Ministry, appreciated with CBBA’s hard work in introducing and promoting the Brahman cattle breeding in Cambodia. He said that the CBBA’s hard work has really helped the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry Fisheries as well as the Royal Government of Cambodia in developing and reducing the poverty.

“I think that this event is a testament to show clearly both the progress and development of the agricultural sector and cattle productivity sector in Cambodia. CBBA’s hard work and activities have really helped the Royal Government of Cambodia and the ministry is to enhance and promote agriculture, food security and cattle productivity in Cambodia. It also generates work for Cambodian people as well as reduces the import of the Brahman meats from abroad in future,” he said.

Vibolbotra added that to promote the safety of local beefs in Cambodia, the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries is working hard training the framers about artificial insemination, embryo transfer, new types of vaccine, good and high protein grasses for feeding and making cattle grow faster, how to make the concentrate feed which is beneficial to cattle, and techniques to choose high productive breeds, and cattle treatments. ////

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