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OCIC uses excavators to clear farmers’ land in Takhmao city to expand a road to the new airport, photo taken on April 8, 2022. Supplied

New airport developer begins clearing farmland, though compensation hasn’t been finalized

The developer of Phnom Penh’s new mega airport in Kandal Stung district on Friday began clearing farmland in Takhmao town to make way for road construction, though a handful of remaining holdouts have yet to see a resolution to their ongoing land dispute. After local authorities intervened, they paused the clearing and gave residents five more days for negotiations.
A farmer cuts down mango trees at a farm in Prek Sdey commune, Kandal province's Koh Thom district. Photo taken on February 20, 2022. An Vicheth

Farmers who replaced crops by trying to follow the market are falling into debt

With the price of export crops such as mango, longan, and pepper fluctuating wildly in recent years, farmers and plantation owners have been trying to follow the market — replacing poorly selling crops with more profitable ones. But sharp price fluctuations have left many in tens of thousands of dollars in debt, with farmers urging the government to do more to stabilize prices and keep farmers afloat.