A Senior Official Says Cassava Prices in Preah Vihear Are Good

Cassava prices in Preah Vihear province this year are very good, Director of Preah Vihear provincial Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Mr. Poeung Tryda told the Agence Kampuchea Presse (AKP).

“So far, the price of dried cassava is more than KHR 900 per kilogramme, while fresh cassava is between KHR 370 and KHR 420 per kilogramme,” he pointed out.

Mr. Poeung Tryda said in some places in the province, cassava can be sold at KHR 930 or even KHR 950 per kilogramme and if it is very well dry, the farmers can get up to KHR 960 per kilogramme.

Cassava prices are very good this year compared to the past ten years, he continued, adding that local farmers are very happy with the high prices as cassava yields can reach from 10 tonnes to 50 tonnes per hectare.

Thai and Vietnamese traders came down to collect cassava yields, the director said.

For next year, Mr. Poeung Tryda predicted, the price of cassava will rise further, especially when oil prices continue to rise, because cassava can also be processed into ethanol besides food.

Cassava is an agro-industrial crop grown by people in Preah Vihear province on an area of about 32,000 hectares.

Source: Agency Kampuchea Press