Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Cassava in focus of Green Leader, UN deal

Cassava in focus of Green Leader, UN deal

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
Farmers transport their freshly harvested cassava along a road in Banteay Meanchey province last year. Heng Chivoan

Cassava in focus of Green Leader, UN deal

Hong Kong-based Green Leader Holding Group and the United Nations Development Progamme (UNDP) signed a cost-sharing agreement on Thursday to implement an $800,000 project on accelerating the cassava market.

Minister of Commerce Pan Sorasak presided over the signing of the deal which established a project that will span nearly three-and-a-half years and see $500,000 injected by Green Leader and $300,000 by the UNDP.

The project will mainly work to develop the value chain in the eastern provinces of the Kingdom.

Green Leader is currently overseeing the construction of a $20 million cassava processing factory on 20 hectares in Kratie province’s Snuol district.

When complete, the factory will have the capacity to produce 100,000 tonnes of tapioca a year – a haul that would require 400,000 tonnes of raw cassava from local farmers.

Green Holding CEO Michael Tse said the country’s cassava sector is showing potential.

“We are eager to help industrialise the sector by establishing processing facilities throughout the country to produce value-added products such as cassava starch and modified starch, to be exported to markets in Asia and Europe,” he said.

The company plans to spend $150 million on 10 processing facilities over the next three years.

“Our first processing plant in Kratie is expected to be completed and commence trial production on or before the end of December,” Tse said.

The new agreement seeks to establish a contract farming scheme whereby farmers will be able to secure buyers for their crops.

Cassava is being grown on 600,000 hectares in the Kingdom with an annual production of over 14 million tonnes.

“We are fortunate to have the opportunity to work with UNDP on the Accelerating Inclusive Cassava Market Development project, which aims to extend agriculture services and assistance to help local farmers improve their cassava yields and thus their livelihood,” he said.

He said the project gave farmers the option to sell their crops on the domestic market instead of exporting them to Thailand or Vietnam.

UNDP country director Nick Beresford said the cost-sharing agreement reflects a solid commitment to support the transformation of the cassava sector.

“It will bring greater income to cassava farmers,” he said.

MOST VIEWED

  • Website advises travellers to stay clear of Angkor Wat

    An Australian website has advised travellers to avoid Angkor Wat during their trip to Southeast Asia because the ancient temple is showing signs of rapid erosion and faced water management issues. In a recent article entitled Best places to go in 2020: 12 destinations you should avoid

  • First deportees of the year touch down in Cambodia

    Twenty-five Cambodian-Americans landed in Phnom Penh on Wednesday, marking the first such deportations of the year. “On Wednesday, US law enforcement authorities deported 25 Cambodian nationals that immigration judges determined had no legal basis to remain in the US,” said Arend Zwartjes, spokesperson for the US

  • Passenger taxi boat ridership sinks despite free services

    Passenger taxi boat traffic has dropped by about five per cent compared to the same period last year, despite the government providing free service for garment workers until next year, Phnom Penh Autonomous Bus Transportation Authority director Ean Sokhim said on Monday. In 2018, the Phnom

  • Kingdom drafting new law to strengthen immigration

    The Ministry of Interior on Tuesday said it had formed a working group to draft amendments to the Law on Immigration. Its secretary of state Sok Phal told The Post that the amendments will strengthen the management of immigrants in line with the current situation.

  • Qatar Airways to connect Doha and Siem Reap town

    Qatar Airways Company QCSC has announced a new route connecting Qatar’s capital Doha with Siem Reap, a move hailed by local officials as a significant step to boost tourist numbers. A Qatar Airways representative, speaking at the Kuwait Aviation Show, announced on Thursday that

  • Jica seeks to turn PP, towns into smart cities

    Japanese International Cooperation Agency (Jica) representatives have sought support from Siem Reap’s Apsara National Authority (ANA) to transform the ancient capital into a smart city. The call was made in February last year after the government approved three cities to join the Asean Smart