Cattle farmers hit by outbreak of lumpy skin disease among stock

A man looks after his cattle infected with lumpy skin disease in Siem Reap province. Picture taken on September 11, 2021. CamboJA/ Panha Chhorpoan

Nearly 40,000 cattle and buffaloes have reportedly been infected with a virus called lumpy skin disease (LSD) within three months across Cambodia, an outbreak severely affecting farmers and others in the livestock sector now struggling with sick animals.

Government farm helpline has few takers in early days

A man feeds ducks at his farm at the outskirts of Phnom Penh, Picture taken on February 2, 2017. CamboJA/ Pring Samrang

A new program to provide information and advice via phone to farmers has found few takers, with some saying they have little faith in the government to help them find solutions to their most pressing problems.