Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Rice bran cooking oil factory set for northern Battambang

Rice bran cooking oil factory set for northern Battambang

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
Some people believe that rice bran produces a superior oil to that obtained from palm fruits. FRESH NEWS

Rice bran cooking oil factory set for northern Battambang

A local firm plans to set up a rice bran cooking oil factory in northern Battambang province’s Thma Koul district that meets international standards, to supply the domestic market and export.

Srey Chanthorn, CEO of Skyland 7NG, said in a Facebook post on December 10 that a path to the designated site of the project was being cleared, after getting the nod from local authorities.

He said that he had prepared a Krong Peali Buddhist blessing ceremony as part of his request for permission from the landowners to build the facilities, including a warehouse and office.

He also revealed future plans for a canned fruit factory and another that would can other unspecified foods.

These projects would “help Cambodian farmers and provide jobs”, and supplement government efforts “to reduce migration to neighbouring countries, as well as curb imports”, he said.

The Post could not reach Chanthorn by press time for comment on the value of the investment or timeframe for construction.

Battambang provincial Department of Commerce director Kim Hout was not privy to these details, but he told The Post on December 14 that he heard from Chanthorn that the site was chosen due to the large number of rice mills in the area, with which he could enter a contract for bran.

He said production at the factory would help curb the use of imported cooking oil, which he noted is often not up to quality or other relevant standards, and could pose health risks.

Chanthorn believes that rice bran produces a superior oil to that obtained from palm fruits, according to the provincial commerce chief.

Hout said he had told officials of the provincial Consumer Protection, Competition and Fraud Repression (CCF) branch to keep tabs on the project.

Battambang provincial Department of Industry, Science, Technology and Innovation director Toch Chhuon Saorith said he had yet to receive an application or report on the venture.

However, in an apparent endorsement of the project, he did say the plant would provide employment opportunities and income for locals.

Similarly, Battambang Provincial Administration spokesman Soeum Bunrith said he welcomes any plan to set up a factory in the province, which he said would help boost economic growth and create jobs, encouraging people not to migrate.

“It’d help our local unemployed who have to go to Thailand for work. Local jobs are better, as the old adage goes: ‘It is better to trade near than far’. Far away, we’d get higher salaries, that’s true, but we’d also spend a lot of money on food and accommodation,” he said.

He added that locals could get a job at the factory and develop a range of new knowledge and skills that are not easily obtainable in the area.


  • ‘Education’ a priority traffic-law penalty

    A top National Police official on June 21 neither rejected nor confirmed the authenticity of a leaked audio message, which has gone viral on social media, on a waiver of fines for a number of road traffic-related offences. General Him Yan, deputy National Police chief in

  • Pursat Ford assembly plant opens

    The Kingdom’s first Ford assembly plant was inaugurated on June 16 in Pursat province amid rising demand for brand-new vehicles among Cambodians. The facility is seen as a game changer for the domestic automobile industry, which could bring a wave of investors seeking to cash

  • Siem Reap’s $18M zoo said to educate public, help wildlife

    Angkor Wildlife and Aquarium Co Ltd has invested $18 million in a zoo in Siem Reap province, which will be opened in October to educate and promote animal conservation as well as attract national and international tourists. Currently, the Angkor Wildlife and Aquarium is building the

  • Volunteer scheme to foster ‘virtuous’ humanitarian spirit

    A senior education official said volunteer work contributes to solidarity and promotes a virtuous humanitarian spirit among the youth and communities. Serei Chumneas, undersecretary of state at the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport, made the comment during the opening of a training programme called “

  • $50B infrastructure plan en route

    The government’s upcoming $50 billion,10-year infrastructure master plan will provide tremendous investment opportunities for domestic and foreign entities, transport experts and economists say. Minister of Public Works and Transport Sun Chanthol revealed the plan to Japanese ambassador to Cambodia Masahiro Mikami on June 15. At

  • Chinese firms unveil preliminary results on metro, monorail for capital

    Minister of Public Works and Transport Sun Chanthol and representatives from China Road and Bridge Corp (CRBC) and its parent company, the state-owned China Communications Construction Co Ltd (CCCC), met on June 24 for talks on results of the firms’ preliminary study on a potential metro