Commerce Ministry Supports Creation of Collective Trademark for Memut Pepper

The Ministry of Commerce announced here yesterday to support the creation of a collective trademark for Memut pepper in order to boost the export of Cambodian pepper.

The creation of a collective trademark for Memut pepper in Thbong Khmum province will help promoting the plantation with quality and standard so as to be able to compete with pepper of other countries, said H.E. Var Ruthsan, an Advisor to the Ministry of Commerce at a dissemination workshop on Cambodian pepper exportation.

The creation would take at most one year, the advisor added.

According to a report of the Ministry of Commerce, last year pepper cultivation covered an area of more than 6,124 ha in 19 provinces, from the southwestern to the northeastern and northwestern parts of the country, giving a total yield of over 11,819 tons.

The majority of the amount, 8,566 tons, or 72 percent, was harvested in Thbong Khmum province while about 87 tons in Kampot province, whose pepper gets Geographical Indicator (GI) Certificate from the EU.

Vietnam, the EU, the U.S. and Japan are among the major markets for Cambodian pepper.

Source: Agency Kampuchea Press