August 2, 2017

3 nations want Kampot pepper

About 45 tonnes of Kampot pepper were sold from January to July and three countries are negotiating to purchase the 35 tonnes left in stock, according to the president of the Kampot Pepper Promotion Association.

Association president Nguon Lay said: “We are negotiating with China, Germany and France for the amount of leftover pepper in stock as each country wants the whole amount,” Mr Lay said, adding that price and quality were acceptable to all parties.

Mr Lay said the price of black pepper is $15 per kilogram, red pepper $25, and white pepper $28. These prices were unchanged.

Mr Lay said that last year, the association produced about 53 tonnes.

“We will study in detail to include another 60 hectares of cultivated land by end of this year,” he said.

Kampot pepper has geographical indication status which protects its brand worldwide.

The kingdom’s pepper production is predicted to increase by about 70 percent, from 11,800 tonnes in 2016 to 20,000 tonnes by the end of the year, according to latest figures from the Ministry of Agriculture.

The increase in production is due to the efforts of the ministry in promoting its cultivation due to improving market prices, said Hean Vanhan, director-general of the ministry’s general directorate of agriculture.

“Farmers are switching over from planting cassava and rubber to growing pepper because the price of pepper seems to be getting better each year,” he said.

According to ministry figures around 5,000 hectares have been cultivated with pepper this year.

Pepper is planted in 19 provinces throughout the country. Tbong Khmum province, which shares a border with Vietnam, contributes to about 75 percent of total production.

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