Bank backs eco-friendly farming
Ibis Rice Conservation Co Ltd (IBIS Rice) has signed a financing agreement with South Korean-owned Phnom Penh Commercial Bank Plc (PPCBank) to support 1,500 smallholder farmers to grow organic wildlife-friendly jasmine rice, which will help protect endangered species while also earning a premium price for ...
Organic vegetable retailer unveils QR code scheme for origin source
Organic vegetable retailer Natural Agriculture Village has introduced QR codes on its product packaging, which will allow consumers to see where their produce comes from. Natural Agriculture Village president Bun Sieng, who is also a member of local distributor Green Gold, told The Post on Sunday ...
Farmers called on to up organic vegetable yields
The Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries and the private sector has called on farmers to increase organic vegetable yields to meet demand from Phnom Penh’s supermarkets and restaurants. The push was made during a visit last week by Gilbert F Houngbo, International Fund for ...
Families shift from traditional to organic farming methods
The SAC, an investment initiative by the Japanese government, enables farmers in the province to enhance the quality of their yield and sell their crops to high-end buyers, including casinos and upscale restaurants in Bavet city and Phnom Penh. ...
New organic markets open in Siem Reap and Kampong Thom
Under its Boosting Food Projection programme, the government has now successfully opened eight markets for chemical-free vegetables in eight provinces across the country. ...
Inspection centre delayed
The opening of a quality-inspection centre for agricultural products in Kandal province, originally scheduled for the end of 2017, has been delayed, with authorities now saying it will open during the first months of 2018. ...
Biological pest control agents given green light by government
Cambodia has just launched a new registry for companies that wish to import biological control agents (BCA), effectively allowing the importation of these organisms which are widely used in other countries for pest control. ...
Interest in going organic grows with local farmers
The Cambodian Centre for Study and Development in Agriculture (Cedac), an organisation that supports local farming families and agricultural development projects, has seen strong interest in organic farming and expects to double the number of certified organic farmers and area under cultivation within a year. ...
Project to boost veggie farming
Cambodia and New Zealand have reached a memorandum of understanding aimed at improving agricultural productivity to increase food safety and reduce reliance on imports. ...
Government to endorse national organic produce standard
The Agriculture Ministry will soon adopt a national standard for organic vegetable production to create product consistency and a single yardstick for farmers to work toward, according to officials.A logo that will mark the products as government-approved organics has been designed, and a draft law ...
Kampot pepper strong, rivals struggle
Kampot pepper sales both locally and internationally have continued to be strong since gaining coveted geographical indication (GI) status from the European Union in February, while domestic pepper competitors have complained of falling prices, industry figures said yesterday. Kampot Pepper Promotion Association president, Nguon Lay, told ...
Plan to certify organic quality
GIZ Cambodia, a branch of Germany’s international development agency, signed an agreement yesterday with local organic food retailer Khmer Organic Cooperative to provide technical support to develop organic vegetable production and to assist the firm in obtaining certification for its products. The agreement calls for the ...
Cambodia: Farmers eager to grow organic veg over rice
Cambodian farmers are eager to cultivate organic vegetables rather than rice, as not only do vegetables command higher prices, but they are also quicker to grow. According to the World Bank, vegetables fetch an income of $1575 per hectare while it is $544 per hectare ...
Fresh Plaza Team
Demand grows for organic rice
As the demand for organic rice in European and United States markets keeps growing, many local rice millers and exporters are moving quickly and signing contract farming deals to supply them with the premium product. ...
Organics finding a following
As Phnom Penh sees a sprouting of organic grocery stores across the city, the newest entrant in the market says it will go a step further and sell chemical-free pesticides to farmers to encourage the growing trend of organic products and farming techniques. ...
Grant for organic vegetables
The Japanese government has given a grant to the International Volunteers of Yamagata (IVY) group, which supports poverty reduction projects and organic product markets in Svay Rieng and Preah Vihear. ...
Market for organic products on the upswing
At a public market in front of the Kampong Speu market, a stall selling organic vegetables attracts dozens of housewives and passers by. Many stop to buy the locally grown vegetables, which are here thanks to a new program established by the Cambodian Center for ...
Organic farming expands to meet demand
In the past, much of the produce sold in Siem Reap’s large indoor markets was imported from foreign countries. Now local initiatives are trying to change that. ...
Naomi Collett Ritz
Organic rice exports rise in first half
Responding to growing demand in US and EU markets, organic rice exports have surged, reaching 200 tonnes in the first six months of this year, compared with 100 tonnes for all of last year. Exports of organic rice are meagre compared with other varieties, such ...
After Land Swap, Siem Reap Government Moves Again
Siem Reap’s provincial government apparatus, which in 2010 was relocated to a remote site 16 km outside of the city as part of an extensive and hugely controversial swap of government land and buildings, is moving back to its old home in the tourist city’s ...