Pepper Farming Expanded to Rattanakiri Province
AKP Phnom Penh, August 27, 2013 –
Cambodia’s pepper cultivation has seen notable growth as such a crop was planted previously in Kampot province, but now moves to be grown in Kampong Cham and Rattanakiri provinces through the expansion of cultivated lands, according to local media reports.
Rattanakiri province has the pepper cultivated land of over 100 hectares in 2013, up from 73 hectares in 2012 as the pepper interests the provincial growers, said an official of the Provincial Agriculture Department.
For the development of the cultivation level in the family farming, he said, the provincial pepper farmers understood the situation favorable for the local market of the pepper capable of gaining the output and high benefit.
The increase of cultivated area could provide more job opportunities to Cambodians, contributing to reducing the migration for work in neighboring countries, he said, hoping that the pepper crop will be increased due to the demand of local and foreign markets.
A pepper farmer of Rattanakiri province said she has 25 hectares of land to grow pepper. She got a good harvest and sold US$6 per kg in the normal price. For the best quality, it costs US$10 per kg, she said.
Last year, a Japanese company looked to do a partner with her, but it demanded an organic requirement, she said, affirming that she will do the best to use as much as 80 percent of natural fertilizer to satisfy the Japanese and European markets.