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The project has been titled 'Commercialisation of Aquaculture for Sustainable Trade' (CAST), and will see over US$17 million funded over a five year period. CAST is funded by the US Department of Agriculture's Food for Progress program, aligning with the Royal Government of Cambodia's Strategic Plan for Aquaculture Development.

It will promote increased access to 'seed' fish and feed, and will strengthen all links in the value chain, from hatcheries to fish producers and buyers and distributors. Cambodia will benefit from increased confidence and access to high-quality fish grown in Cambodia, produced and handled with proper standards.

In addition, the national economy will benefit as Cambodia joins a global market as a consumer and supplier of locally raised, high-quality freshwater aquaculture products.

Beneficiaries:
• Commercial freshwater fish producers
• Feed mills, hatcheries/nurseries, extension workers, wholesalers/retailers, financial institutions, students, and other small/medium-sized enterprises in the commercial aquaculture value chain
• Geography: Major markets in Phnom Penh and Siem Reap plus the six provinces of Kandal, Kampong Cham, Kampong Thom, Siem Reap, Battambang, and Pursat.

Activities Summary:
• Technology transfer for commercial, private sector-driven activities to push market growth and increase the supply of Cambodia-grown, quality-assured fish with competitive prices.
• Ten activities, including:
• National aquaculture association development and market-driven focal farmer organisations
• Aquaculture feed and seed (fingerling/fry) input supply and market linkages
• Private sector-led extension services
• Demonstration farms/research and training centres led by local universities
• Premium fish marketing campaign
• Access to finance for value chain actors
• Sanitary and phytosanitary standards compliance

For more information visit the US Embassy in Cambodia website, HERE.

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