Earlier in the year we passed through the region of Kampot and the fields were quite brown and dry. This time however when we visited Kampot and Kep the fields had crops of rice growing everywhere. With the onset of the rainy season, the landscape is once again a lush green colour, dotted with banana trees, houses on stilts and farmers working in the fields.
In Cambodia, rice cultivation occupies some 2 million ha – or 90% of the total agricultural area – and is the major source of farm income. In 2003, rice production was estimated at 4.3 million tonnes, with yields averaging slightly more than 2 tonnes/ha. In 1995, the government reported self-sufficiency in rice production and exported small amounts. (Source: http://www.fao.org/rice2004/en/p14.htm)