Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Less palm sugar due to production delay

Less palm sugar due to production delay

Less palm sugar due to production delay

Kampong Speu palm sugar production is projected to decrease slightly this year due to a late start, though prices are expected to rise thanks to the sugar’s growing popularity following its geographical indication certification.   

According to Sam Saroeun, president of the Kampong Speu Palm Sugar Promotion Association, although the current climate is right for palm sugar, he was still dissatisfied with the delayed start of production in
December due to farmers tending to their rice paddy.

“Although it is not a significant downturn, a very late start this year is truly affecting our production,” he said. “I am still optimistic, however, that the price is increasing as more is learned about the advantages of our organic product.”   

According to Saroeun’s projections, the amount of Kampong Speu palm sugar harvested this year will be lower than the previous year’s 430 tonnes and 440 tonnes in 2011.

Despite the drop in production, Hong Hoeung, director of Kampong Speu Palm Sugar Development Community, said the price of Kampong Speu palm sugar will increase in the coming season.

According to Hoeung, palm sugar powder is selling at 5,500 riel per kilogram, a 17 per cent increase from just 4,700 riel per kilogram in 2012. Moreover, the price of palm sugar block is 3,500 riel per kilogram this year.

Tot Minkalim, production manager of Farmlink Company, an export company that last year started exporting Kampong Speu palm sugar to France, said the demand from France is increasing, which is encouraging farmers to boost their production.

“After a pilot test export to France last year, we are getting more orders from our client,” said Minkalim. “We expect an increase in export volume from last year.”  

Currently, the Kampong Speu Palm Sugar Promotion Association consists of 148 members in Oudong and Samrong Tong districts.

MOST VIEWED

  • Phnom Penh authorities ban march for Human Rights Day

    Phnom Penh authorities have banned a planned march as local NGOs and workers’ unions gear up to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the signing of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights on Monday, with a youth group leader saying they would march nonetheless. The UN

  • Phnom Penh’s Jet’s Container Night Market shuts down

    The famous Jet’s Container Night Market in central Phnom Penh has shut down due to the high cost of the land rental, company representatives claim. Jet’s Container Night Market is the largest such market in Phnom Penh. It operated for just over two

  • Hun Sen rejects ‘rift’ rumours spread by ‘stupid gangsters’

    Prime Minister Hun Sen on Wednesday denied a “rift” among top leaders of the Cambodian People’s Party (CPP), and rejected claims that Senate president Say Chhum and Interior Minister Sar Kheng were set to be removed from their positions as rumours spread by “gangsters”.

  • EU ambassador to Cambodia: Rights a ‘work in progress’

    The EU ambassador to Cambodia has called human rights “a work in progress” and said the 28-nation bloc has “carefully” noted last week’s statement by the government on taking further steps to strengthen democracy and the political sphere in the Kingdom. The EU marked