An infestation of large snails is destroying rice fields in Preah Sihanouk province’s Prey Nop district, raising concerns among farmers that yields from this year’s harvest will be much lower than usual. Eng Samol, Prey Nop district agriculture director, said Tuesday that the snails had already spread to seven of the district’s 14 communes. “The snails have eaten many of the seedlings. The most affected were Veal Rinh and Samrung communes because the depth of the water there makes these fields particularly vulnerable,” he said. According to Lang Kean, chief of Bat Sermean village in Prey Nop commune,
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