SOA to build palm sugar factory with Korean firm
Local exporter Signatures of Asia and Korea-based B&G is Life are investing in a palm sugar processing factory in Kampong Speu province. In addition to the plant, the collaboration includes a warehouse, a solar dryer, and a blockchain-based traceability system, Pich Chan, SOA general manager, ...
Land dispute claims of 197 families rejected
The Ministry of Land Management, Urban Planning and Construction issued a statement on Monday rejecting the land dispute claims of 197 families in Koh Kong province’s Sre Ambel district. A ministry press release dated Monday said a related land dispute involving 987 families over sugar ...
Cambodian farmers take Thai sugar giant to court
After years of protesting, two Cambodian farmers make their case this week in a Bangkok court against Thai sugar giant Mitr Phol, who they blame for the loss of their livelihoods. The stakes are high for the farmers and the company. The villagers from Cambodia are trying to convince the ...
Kuoy villagers in court over alleged seizure of bulldozers
Four ethnic Kuoy villagers appeared in Preah Vihear provincial court on Wednesday for allegedly seizing two bulldozers from a Chinese-owned company in a December 2014 dispute that saw a group of locals attempt to prevent the firm from clearing their rice fields. The four were ...
Mitr Phol disputants file complaint to UK government against Bonsucro
Alleged victims of land grabbing in Oddar Meanchey province have filed a formal complaint to the UK government against Bonsucro, the sugar industry’s sustainability certification body, accusing it of breaches of Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises. ...
Making palm sugar harvest attractive again
Kampong Speu Palm Sugar, which has a geographical indication (GI) status, is seeing lower production due to a labour shortage. Kampong Speu Palm Sugar Promotion Association (KSPSPA) president, Sam Saroeun, said on Tuesday that production fell from 300 tonnes last year to 250 tonnes this ...
ANZ failed to meet human rights standards: government report
ANZ Bank failed to meet its own human rights standards when it financed a Cambodian sugar plantation that was linked to forced evictions, child labour and workplace deaths, according to an Australian government investigation. ...
Richard Baker and Nick McKenzie
Villagers register in land dispute
The Kampong Speu provincial authority said on Wednesday that its task force has completed registering thousands of families in Oral district who have been locked in a long-running land dispute with a sugar plantation owned by a well-connected tycoon. ...
In ‘historic lawsuit’, Oddar Meanchey villagers take sugar giant Mitr Phol to court in Thailand
Cambodian villagers have filed a class action suit in Bangkok against Thai sugar giant Mitr Phol Sugar Corporation for human rights violations after the eviction of hundreds of villagers in Cambodia’s Oddar Meanchey province, with a US rights group calling the case a “historic lawsuit”. ...
Ananth Baliga and Phak Seangly
Confirel wins sweet honour
Cambodian-based specialty food producer Confirel won first prize for its Thnot Organic Sugar at the 15th Asean Food Conference in Ho Chi Minh City yesterday. ...
Palm sugar’s GI status could soon get EU protection
The European Union is expected to enter Kampong Speu palm sugar into its registry of protected geographical indicators (GI) by July following a push by the Cambodian government to protect the specialty food product in one of its biggest markets, a Ministry of Commerce official ...
Pepper, palm sugar get Thai GI status
Kampot pepper and Kampong Speu palm sugar have been awarded Geographical Indication (GI) status in Thailand, under efforts to prevent unscrupulous traders passing off versions of the Cambodian products. ...
Specialist food factory shapes up
Confirel Co. Ltd. and Pharma Product Manufacturing Enterprise will unveil its $7 million factory in Phnom Penh to process Kampong Speu palm sugar and Kampot pepper by July, the company said. ...
Sugar and pepper get protection
Geographical indication (GI) status for Kampot pepper and Kampong Speu palm sugar has been accepted in Vietnam. The agreement gives legal protection to both products and stops unscrupulous traders in Vietnam passing off local produce as Cambodian. The deal was reached last Wednesday after negotiations involving the ...
Palm farmers eye a sweet deal
Palm sugar producers in Kampong Speu province say they are ready to scale up and meet demand as global consumer goods giant Unilever looks to source palm sugar for its products from the Cambodian market. Prak Sereywath, president of the Cambodia Institute for Research and Rural ...
Unilever eyes Cambodian palm sugar
Unilever is looking to source 2,000 tons of organic palm sugar a year from Cambodia, a senior manager said yesterday. Monica Soy, senior external affairs manager at Unilever Cambodia, told Khmer Times yesterday that Unilever requires about 2,000 tons a year, to be exported from Cambodia ...
Palm sugar's GI status
Kampong Speu palm sugar is expected to receive its geographical indication (GI) status certification from the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Agriculture and Rural Development by the end of this year, according to an official from the Kampong Speu Palm Sugar Promotion Association (KSPSPA). Mr. Sok Sarang, ...
Kampong Speu protesters reject NGO’s help
In defiance of an order by Phnom Penh Deputy Governor Khoun Sreng, more than 100 people protested outside the offices of Equitable Cambodia (EC) yesterday. They held signs denouncing the NGO, as community representatives inside submitted a letter withdrawing their consent for the group to represent ...
Jack Davies and Touch Sokha
Evictees, sugar company reach deal at last
Representatives of evicted families and a sugarcane plantation owned by a prominent CPP senator announced an agreement on Thursday that provides compensation ranging from $500 to $5,000 to eligible villagers after a five-year battle over land. ...
Villagers, police face off in Phnom Penh over Koh Kong sugar petition
Meanchey district police and security guards yesterday clashed with about 70 Koh Kong province villagers at the capital’s Samaki Rainsy pagoda, shoving and pushing them as they tried to make their way to the Ministry of Land Management. ...