Accessibility and affordability to production means, such agricultural machineries (no-till seeder, roller crimper) and services that are specific to Conservation Agriculture and seeds of cover crops are emphasized as one of the main bottlenecks to foster the dissemination of such agroecological systems.
To address the accessibility, affordability of agricultural machineries, and to promote regenerative agriculture machinery including the straw management effectively and efficiently in Cambodia, a steering mechanism led by the public sector was needed. Therefore, Seva Kasekor (Service to farmers) aims to be established and led by Department of Agriculture Engineering (DAEng). Currently establishment of a Task Force under the Department of Agricultural Engineering (DAEng) of the General Directorate of Agriculture (GDA) that would provide support to agricultural Cooperatives (ACs) and private service providers to foster the uptake of services for Conservation Agriculture is being discussed. Swisscontact will support the task force secretariat including the strategic roadmap.
SevaKasekor aims to support Agricultural Cooperatives, Private Local Service Providers, and Farmers/Service Providers to foster the uptake of Conservation Agriculture Machinery and improve CA machinery service provision in Cambodia. The Seva Kasekor aims to support on (1) financial discount scheme, (2) technical training and assistance, and (3) closely communicate and measure the progress with different profiles and modalities of service providers to ensure their improvements and feedbacks regarding their investments on CA machinery service provisions to smallholder farmers. With this modality, Seva Kasekor expects, to improve the transition of regenerative agriculture and importantly improve their farming systems and generate more income through the adoption of regenerative agriculture practices.
Seva Kasekor aims to be institutionalized within the government system, specifically within Department of Agriculture Engineering (DAEng).