Archive for November, 2010

Cambodia tourism sector increased 15pc in first nine months

Posted by khmernews on November 17, 2010

Global financial crisis really affected strongly Cambodia tourism industry which is one of four pillar sectors to drive the growth of Cambodian economy. During the first 9 months of 2010, the number of foreign tourists increased 15 percent.

According to the statistics from the Ministry of Tourism, the number of foreign tourists who traveled to Cambodia via land, air, and sear was up to 1,803,180 tourists about 14,6 percent from 1,573,940 tourists in the same period last year.

Tith Chantha, director general at the Tourism Ministry, was quoted by the post as saying that Cambodia aims to meet a goal of 2.5 million international visitors during 2010, up from 2.16 million last year.

He added that “growth could be at around 15 percent for all of 2010 because of economic recovery, more regional flight connections and broad promotions.”

Most of foreign tourists are coming from Korea, China, Thailand and other Countries.



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Chemical use for crops and food

Posted by khmernews on November 17, 2010

Presently, Cambodian farmers still keep utilizing a high amount of chemicals in crops and food supply. Seang Huy, executive director of the Cambodian Chemical Association, told VOA Khmer that the chemical exposure can be dangerous, so bother consumers and producers must pay more attention to the problem.

She added that “some banned agricultural chemicals are still in use amongst Cambodian farmers. We also see some chemicals used as food additives.”

Chan Sarun, Agriculture Minister, told a meeting of government and development officials on July 14, that “the ministry is considering convention membership because we want to prevent other countries from using Cambodia as a trash bin for their hazardous chemicals and pesticides,” reported VOA Khmer.

Seang Huy said some banned chemicals like some insecticides are still in use in Cambodia, even though the country has banned more than 100 of them.

However, she acknowledged that the use of natural insecticides was harder for farmers, who are under pressure to meet market demands for low-cost goods.

The Rotterdam Convention requires proper labeling and instructions from countries of origin for chemicals, as well as disclosures on restrictions or bans of the chemicals. Both Thailand and Vietnam are among the 134 parties to the convention.


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Khmer Rouge cadres confront their past

Posted by khmernews on November 17, 2010

Phnom penh post on tuesday, 16 November 2010
By Cheang Sokha

About 300 Cambodian villagers filed into Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum in Phnom Penh on Tuesday, lingering over photographs and searching for relatives lost to the Khmer Rouge.

They paid rapt attention as their tour guides led them through the facility and expressed shock at the variety of torture methods on display.

“I saw the images of torture and I didn’t think it would be like that,” said Sor Song, 52. “I saw it with my own eyes, and I felt shocked to see it.”

The reactions of Sor Song and his fellow tour members are not so different from thousands of others who have visited Tuol Sleng over the years, yet their frame of reference is decidedly different: the Pailin residents are former supporters – and in many cases members – of the movement that operated the infamous prison. Read the rest of this entry »

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