Bumper prahok season forecast due to higher water levels.

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Bumper prahok season forecast due to higher water levels.

Postby CEOCambodiaNews » Thu Nov 24, 2016 12:57 pm

Good news for all you prahok fans !

Deeper water expected to yield more fish
Thu, 24 November 2016
Cheng Sokhorng

Just weeks ahead of the main fishing season on the Tonle Sap river, which supplies the majority of the fish used in the Kingdom’s traditional cooking sauce, prahok, government officials are predicting a better catch this season as water levels have recovered from last year’s drought.

Eng Chea San, director-general of fisheries administration at the Ministry of Agriculture, said this year’s haul from capture fisheries should increase by 20,000 tonnes, while aquaculture yields could grow by up to 20 percent.

“We expect that the fish yield will increase compared to last year, as water levels are higher and stable,” he said yesterday.

Last year, Cambodian freshwater capture fisheries and aquaculture produced 751,000 tonnes of fish. The Tonle Sap river and lake contributed more than half of this total.

Fisheries administration official Ouch Vutha agreed that higher water levels this year were a good portend for the upcoming season, especially after a prolonged drought led to a precipitous drop in last year’s production.

“This year the river levels have risen, so we expect that the fish yield will be good for prahok,” he said...
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/business/d ... -more-fish
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Re: Bumper prahok season forecast due to higher water levels.

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Re: Bumper prahok season forecast due to higher water levels.

Postby CEOCambodiaNews » Tue Jan 10, 2017 5:18 pm

Despite the bumper crop of fish for prahok this year, prices have risen, to the dismay of the small producers...

Prahok makers complain of high prices in capital
Tue, 10 January 2017
Khouth Sophak Chakrya

Every year, traders and farmers travel from the provinces to Phnom Penh’s Russey Keo district to buy fish to produce prahok paste, but with this year’s prahok season ramping up, high prices have pushed many of them to camp in tents along the riverbank, waiting for prices to drop.

Farmer Nheb Vansi, 69, from Kandal province’s Koh Thom district told the Post yesterday that the high prices were persisting despite ample catches.

“This high fish price is not caused by the lack of fish, but because of big traders . . . We cannot compete with them, because we don’t dare to buy the fish at high prices like this,” she said.

She said that 1 kilogram of fish cost about 500 to 700 riel more than last year, ranging up to 2,200 riel (a bit more than $0.50) per kilogram.

She and five other villagers hoped to produce 5 tonnes of prahok to be shared among their families and neighbours and have been staying near the riverbank for three days waiting for prices to fall...
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/p ... es-capital
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