Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Pepper not to be sneezed at

Pepper not to be sneezed at

Pepper not to be sneezed at

KAMPOT Pepper yields are expected to increase significantly in the first harvest since gaining Geographic Indicator status in April, as increased demand from exporters drives up prices.

Output this season is expected to surge by 60 percent, from 10 tonnes at the last harvest to 16 tonnes, this harvest. The increase has been driven by new plantings, which will start to bear fruit when the harvesting season begins next month.

Nguon Lay, director of the Kampot Pepper Farmers Association, said the number of fruitful pepper plants grown by his association had increased from 19,000 tree clusters in 2009 to 27,000 this year. The area of planted land had increased from 9.75 hectares to 12 hectares.

He said the entire output had already been ordered ahead of harvest by 14 export companies.

“Before we harvested and sacked the pepper and waited to sell to buyers, but now we sell it on the plants,” he said.

The increased demand follows Kampot pepper gaining Geographic Indicator certification in April.

GI is an internationally-accepted standard that protects the intellectual property rights of a product from a specific geographical region, such as champagne from France’s Champagne region.

Prices have also increased since GI certification. Nguon Lay said that, according to contracts with exporters, black pepper seeds would sell for US$7 per kilogram this harvest, an increase of $1.25 over the previous harvest.

White and red pepper seeds would sell for $15 per kilogram, compared with between $10.50 to $12.50 last season.

Most of this year’s harvest is destined for world markets, notably France, as well as the United States and Japan.Chhorn Ravuth, manager of Confirel Co Ltd (Cambodia), said his company had ordered more than a tonne to export to the European market. He said he had “deep confidence” in the market, and the association should expand its planting.


  • Diplomatic passports issued to foreigners to be annulled

    The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation will move to annul diplomatic passports issued to those not born in Cambodia. Analysts say the move may be in relation to reports that former Thai prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra used a Cambodian passport to register as

  • Hun Sen warns Irish MP of EBA ‘mistake’

    Prime Minister Hun Sen on Saturday told former Irish premier Enda Kenny, still a member of the EU nation’s parliament, that the 28-nation bloc should not make a “third mistake” regarding Cambodia by using the preferential Everything But Arms (EBA) agreement to “take 16 million

  • The hairy little heroes saving many lives in rural Cambodia

    IN RURAL Siem Reap province, rats dare to tread where no person will, as these hairy little heroes place their lives on the line each day for the good of the local community. The rodents are the most important members of a special team, leading

  • PM warns EU and opposition on 34th anniversary of his rule

    HUN Sen reached the milestone of 34 years as Cambodian prime minister on Monday and used the groundbreaking ceremony for a new ring road around Phnom Penh to tell the international community that putting sanctions on the Kingdom meant killing the opposition. “Please don’t forget