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, ...

Sok Chan
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50661040/soa-to-build-palm-sugar-factory-with-korean-firm/

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 ...

Soth Koemsoeun
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/land-dispute-claims-197-families-rejected

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 ...

Leonie Kijewski
https://www.aljazeera.com/ajimpact/190612123127160.html

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 ...

Khorn Savi
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/kuoy-villagers-court-over-alleged-seizure-bulldozers

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. ...

Niem Chheng
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/mitr-phol-disputants-file-complaint-uk-government-against-bonsucro

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 ...

Cheng Sokhorng
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/business/making-palm-sugar-harvest-attractive-again

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
https://www.smh.com.au/business/banking-and-finance/anz-failed-to-meet-human-rights-standards-in-cambodia-government-report-20181011-p508z2.html

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. ...

Kong Meta
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/villagers-register-land-dispute

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
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/historic-lawsuit-oddar-meanchey-villagers-take-sugar-giant-mitr-phol-court-thailand

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. ...

Cheng Sokhorng
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/business/confirel-wins-sweet-honour

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 ...

Cheng Sokhorng
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/business/palm-sugars-gi-status-could-soon-get-eu-protection

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.   ...

Sok Chan
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/news/36771/pepper--palm-sugar-get-thai-gi-status/

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. ...

Sok Chan
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/news/36732/specialist-food-factory-shapes-up/

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 ...

Sok Chan
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/news/33906/sugar-and-pepper-get-protection/

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 ...

Cheng Sokhorng
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/business/palm-farmers-eye-sweet-deal

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 ...

Sok Chan
http://bit.ly/2c8BbNn

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, ...

Sok Chan
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/news/29070/palm-sugar-s-gi-status/

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
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/kampong-speu-protesters-reject-ngos-help

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. ...

Sek Odom
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/evictees-sugar-company-reach-deal-last-116579/

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. ...

Touch Sokha
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/villagers-police-face-phnom-penh-over-koh-kong-sugar-petition

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