Subscribe Search

Search form

Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Green Rich to establish acacia tree plantation

Green Rich to establish acacia tree plantation

Green Rich to establish acacia tree plantation

The Green Rich company has announced that it will invest US$9 million in Koh Kong province to grow acacia trees for export to China and Indonesia for the production of paper.

The company, which will eventually operate on 10,000 hectares of land in the province’s Koh Kong district, intends to plant more than 2.8 million trees, said Pich Ratana, Green Rich’s public relations manager.

“We hope [to] fulfill the market demand for paper,” he said Thursday, and added that the company expects to begin exporting wood in 2014.

Officials at the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries lauded the plan as a means to create jobs and increase national revenue. “The government supports the business of growing this kind of tree because it helps sustain the environment,” said Kith Seng, an undersecretary of state at the ministry.

Although the government supports its project, Green Rich’s dealings in Cambodia have not been without controversy.

In 2005, the legality of Green Rich’s operations in Cambodia was questioned by environmental NGOs that said the company was violating its contract with the government and had failed to assess the environmental impact of establishing an acacia plantation.

Labour conditions under Green Rich were also sharply criticised in a report, “The death of the forests: A report on Wuzhishan’s and Green Rich’s tree plantation activities in Cambodia”, by the group World Rainforest Movement.

Pich Ratana said Thursday, however, that Green Rich’s investment complied with government regulations and is in line with the Agriculture Ministry’s replanting scheme. ADDITIONAL REPORTING BY SETH MEIXNER


  • Kak Channthy, Cambodian Space Project frontwoman, killed in crash at 38 [Updated]

    Updated 5:05pm, Tuesday, March 20, 2018 Kak Channthy, frontwoman of popular The Cambodian Space Project, was killed Tuesday morning in a traffic accident in Phnom Penh. She was 38. Channthy, the internationally recognised singer-songwriter also known as “Srey Thy”, was reportedly travelling in a tuk-tuk on the city's

  • Australians protest Asean summit visit by PM Hun Sen

    Hundreds of protesters gathered in Sydney’s Hyde Park on Friday to protest against Cambodian strongman Hun Sen, who claimed to have been gifted millions of dollars by the Australian government ahead of a special Asean summit this weekend. An estimated 300 protesters, the majority of

  • One Australian, one Cambodian killed in explosion at military base

    Updated: 5:20pm, Friday 16 March 2018 An Australian tourist and a Cambodian soldier were killed in an explosion on Thursday afternoon at an army base in Cambodia’s Kampong Speu province. The Australian, whom the government initially identified as a technical demining expert in his 40s, and

  • Peeling back layers of prehistory in Battambang

    When the man passed away, he had not yet reached 50. He belonged to a tribe that had settled near the Sangker River in Battambang province, likely cultivating the fields and raising animals. On the side, they hunted for boars, and even turtles, one of which