Bumper prahok season forecast due to higher water levels.

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Bumper prahok season forecast due to higher water levels.

Post by 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...
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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.

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

Post by CEOCambodiaNews » Thu Sep 14, 2017 12:42 am

Prahok makers seek GI status
12 September 2017
Geographical indication status is being sought for Siem Reap prahok fish paste after the Industry Ministry granted approval for a national standard.

Siem Reap prahok fish paste, made from fermented fish, is among many products in Cambodia that the government is working to get GI status. Currently, only pepper in Kampot province and palm sugar in Kampong Speu province have so far been certified.

Kao Sochivy, deputy director-general of the fisheries department at the Agriculture Ministry, said: “We hope we will get GI status soon because now we have obtained a certificate from the ministry to make the prahok fish paste in Siem Reap that conforms with the national standard.”

“We want our prahok fish paste to have geographical indication status so that it can be recognised in international markets,” Mr Sochivy said.

He added that the GI status would also help prevent the proliferation of fake Siem Reap prahok fish paste.
A kilo of Siem Reap prahoc fish paste costs $10 in markets, while other prahok fish paste costs about $6, according to the association...
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Re: Bumper prahok season forecast due to higher water levels.

Post by CEOCambodiaNews » Fri Dec 01, 2017 9:54 pm

Battambang’s Phsar Prahok
1 December 2017
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BATTAMBANG - In Phsar Prahok, around 10 kilometres from Battambang, all activities centres around the production of this prized ingredients. The base ingredient of the paste – fish – is finely chopped and mixed with salt, before water is added to kick-start the fermentation process. Once combined, this mixture is then left to ferment in clay jars, a process that takes a minimum of 20 days to complete. However, just as with cheese, the longer the paste is left to ferment, the more pungent it gets. As pungency is, “aged” prahok often commands higher prices than “un-aged” counterpart in the market.
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The final product, which resembles a greyish paste, has a wide array of uses. It can be used as a garnish, a dip, or even as a base for more complex sauces, stir-fries, and stews. However, don’t let its versatility fool you, because just like durian, prahok is definitely not for everyone.
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Re: Bumper prahok season forecast due to higher water levels.

Post by CEOCambodiaNews » Wed Dec 20, 2017 11:10 pm

Fermented fish lovers rejoice
20 December 2017
The Fisheries Administration has announced the time is almost here for those wanting to make prahok and pha-ak – both fermented fish products – with the first phase of a good fishing season beginning Friday and lasting until December 27.

The second phase will be from January 21 to 26 if the sky is clear and there is no unseasonal rain.

The director of the Fisheries Administration appealed to people wanting to make prahok (fermented fish paste) or pha-ak (fermented fish with sticky rice), to buy fish at the end of this week and at the end of January along the Tonle Sap fishing areas.
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Nao Thuok, secretary of state at the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, said that authorities expect fish products to increase compared with last year based on an examination of the water level in the Tonle Sap.
“If we look at the water situation from the beginning of the season, the water has risen early. In the Chaktomuk area, the water level is one and a half meters higher than in 2016,” he said.

“In the Tonle Sap lake, the water level is nearly two metres higher than last year so there will be many small fish. So we hope this year’s fish yield will be better than last year.”
He said the water level in the Tonle Sap increased over the previous year, giving female fish the chance to have many births and grow larger in size...
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