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Solving Cambodia's Pepper Problems

Post by CEOCambodiaNews » Tue Dec 19, 2017 6:09 pm

19 December 2017
- Cambodia is preparing a series of initiatives to help the struggling pepper sector, including the formation of a pepper federation and an official plan to guide the development of the industry, a high-ranking representative of the Ministry of Commerce has announced.

Speaking to a crowd of about 200 farmers and businesses during a forum on the pepper industry in Phnom Penh yesterday, Tekreth Kamrang, a secretary of state at the Ministry of Commerce, said the government is planning to set up a federation for the sector to bring together farmers, traders and processing companies and discuss the most pressing issues affecting pepper production.
“Pepper products are grown all across the country. We need an association to improve productivity, strengthen quality and help the development of this fledging industry,” she said.

Ms Kamrang also said an official “pepper policy” to act as a blueprint for the development of the industry is also in the making.
“We are preparing a pepper policy to face the challenges in the sector,” she said.

The main challenge, Ms Kamrang said, is the low price of the commodity in the local market. Other problems include finding new techniques that can boost productivity and fighting off diseases that are killing the plants.

Por Koung, the CEO of Orchel Farm, a company that owns 12 hectares of pepper plantations in Mondulkiri province, welcomed the announcements.

He said the current price of pepper, $3.5 per kilogram, is too low to generate significant revenue for producers and traders.
“The pepper business is not good this year,” he said. “The price is under $5 per kilogram which is less than it costs to produce the pepper.

“Also, heavy rains in September and October have damaged crops, with 50 percent of them not yielding any fruit,” he said.

Nguon Lay, the president of the Kampot Pepper Promotion Association (KPPA), said that despite Kampot pepper’s prestigious geographical indication (GI) status, much of their production this year hasn’t been sold.

He said his association produced 80 tonnes of Kampot pepper this year, but was able to sell only 63. This is the first year they have been unable to sell their entire production, he said...
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Re: Solving Cambodia's Pepper Problems

Post by cowyippee » Wed Dec 20, 2017 12:10 am

Is Mondulkiri the biggest pepper producing province in Cambodia? Does anyone know?
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Post by Arget » Wed Dec 20, 2017 6:51 am

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Post by frank lee bent » Wed Dec 20, 2017 9:25 am

the current price of pepper, $3.5 per kilogram, is too low to generate significant revenue for producers and traders.
“The pepper business is not good this year,” he said. “The price is under $5 per kilogram which is less than it costs to produce the pepper.
try and buy it in the market for that.
that is an absurdly low price and argues a complete failure of marketing.
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Post by Anchor Moy » Wed Dec 20, 2017 9:33 am

cowyippee wrote:
Wed Dec 20, 2017 12:10 am
Is Mondulkiri the biggest pepper producing province in Cambodia? Does anyone know?
Kampot for sure.
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Re: Solving Cambodia's Pepper Problems

Post by taabarang » Wed Dec 20, 2017 9:53 am

Anchor Moy wrote:
Wed Dec 20, 2017 9:33 am
cowyippee wrote:
Wed Dec 20, 2017 12:10 am
Is Mondulkiri the biggest pepper producing province in Cambodia? Does anyone know?
Kampot for sure.
I really don't know and admit I'm too unmotivated to research the appropriate documents, however a hell of a lot is grown in Tbong Khmum near the border of Mondulkiri. The quality is grown is in any case equal to that of Kampot and much cheaper.
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Re: Solving Cambodia's Pepper Problems

Post by epidemiks » Wed Dec 20, 2017 10:23 am

Kampot production is tiny compared to Memot and surrounds in Tbong Khmum.

Kampot: 110 ha under cultivation as of 2015;
Tbong Khmum: 2,762 ha as of 2016.

I get mine from memot. Good pepper, far cheaper.
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Re: Solving Cambodia's Pepper Problems

Post by frank lee bent » Wed Dec 20, 2017 10:38 am

any recollection of price?
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Re: Solving Cambodia's Pepper Problems

Post by SmartAston Martin » Wed Dec 20, 2017 10:48 am

taabarang wrote:
Wed Dec 20, 2017 9:53 am
Anchor Moy wrote:
Wed Dec 20, 2017 9:33 am
cowyippee wrote:
Wed Dec 20, 2017 12:10 am
Is Mondulkiri the biggest pepper producing province in Cambodia? Does anyone know?
Kampot for sure.
I really don't know and admit I'm too unmotivated to research the appropriate documents, however a hell of a lot is grown in Tbong Khmum near the border of Mondulkiri. The quality is grown is in any case equal to that of Kampot and much cheaper.
To: Eastern Cambodian Pepper Lovers

Can you cite specific reasons why pepper at or around Tbong *Khmom near Mondulkiri* is of good quality? Most people say the soil in Kampot has special ingredients, and perhaps an ocean breeze doesn't hurt either.

For example, Mondulkiri has hills and valleys that allow for proper cultivation of pepper or perhaps the mists of Mondulkiri add much-needed and continuous "watering", or something of the like?
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Re: Solving Cambodia's Pepper Problems

Post by frank lee bent » Wed Dec 20, 2017 11:02 am

farmers around Kampot have a traditional compost they make for pepper that is too expensive for other crops. it has burnt sea shells, char and of course cow and chicken manure in it along with other stuff i did not comprehend. at least 7 ingredients.
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