Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Plans take root for cassava processor

Plans take root for cassava processor

A woman collects cassava in Kratie’s Snuol district in 2012.
A woman collects cassava in Kratie’s Snuol district in 2012. Heng Chivoan

Plans take root for cassava processor

A Chinese-based investment firm has announced plans to begin construction on the first of 10 cassava processing plants next month, with a total planned investment of $150 million, according to Agriculture Minister Veng Sokhon.

Hong Kong-based Green Leader Holding Group signed a memorandum of understanding with the government in January, and its first factory is planned to cover 20 hectares in Kratie province’s Snuol district.

“The company has showed . . . a strong passion to build the cassava processing factories across agricultural region, and during our discussion they said they already had money from a bank for the investment,” Sokhon said yesterday.

Commerce Ministry spokesman Long Kemvichet said the company had shared with the ministry initial plans for the first factory, which is set to have the capacity to produce 100,000 tonnes of tapioca a year – a haul that would require 500,000 tonnes of raw cassava.

“The company will work with farmers by contract farming and provide technical assistance, so the coming of the company will ensure the market and price for farmers,” he said.

Vorn Thorn, a cassava farmer with 10 hectares of land in Battambang province, said he would welcome the ability to sell cassava in the domestic market rather than exporting it to Thailand, which is what he currently does with his harvest.

“It would be good if we could sell our cassava to our own market,” Thorn said. “Then we do not worry about issues such as the border closing, which lowers the price.”

MOST VIEWED

  • Hun Sen asks Cambodians to believe in government

    Prime Minister Hun Sen on Monday asked citizens and investors to trust that the government will overcome the challenges brought about by Covid-19 and the loss of the EU’s Everything But Arms (EBA) scheme. Speaking to reporters at the Peace Palace in Phnom Penh,

  • Westerdam passenger ‘never had’ Covid-19

    The US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said the US citizen that allegedly tested positive in Malaysia after travelling on the Westerdam was never infected with Covid-19 in the first place. In an article published in the newspaper USA Today on Friday, CDC

  • ‘Ghost staff’ found, $1.7M returned to state coffers

    The Ministry of Civil Service said more than seven billion riel ($1.7 million) in salaries for civil servants was returned to the state last year after it discovered that the books had been cooked to pay ‘ghost officials’. This is despite claims by the Ministry of

  • Woman wanted for killing own son

    Police in Phnom Penh’s Meanchey district are on the lookout for a woman who allegedly hacked her son to death on Sunday in Stung Meanchey III commune. District police chief Meng Vimeandara identified the son as Chan Sokhom, 32. “The offender can’t escape forever.

  • H5N1 also poses deadly threat, ministry warns

    The Ministry of Health’s Communicable Disease Control (CDC) department has called on citizens to excise caution over H5N1 or bird flu that is spreading in the southern province of Vietnam. In a Facebook post, the department announced that it has made a series

  • Malaysia in turmoil

    Malaysian Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad has done it again. At the centre of two days of high drama and political manoeuvring, he has, wittingly or not, contributed to shaking Malaysia, and further causing its equities market to fall nearly three per cent. The drama