Indigenous Farmers Supported to Grow Organic Coffee

Phnong indigenous families in the northeastern Mondulkiri province are growing organic coffee with secure demand and good market price, according to local media report.

The six indigenous families supported appreciated a South Korea's association namely YMCA for not only helping them to grow, but also to sell the product.

According to a YMCA representative Mr. Kangsan Keum, the association started with training six selected families to grow coffee without using chemical fertiliser and provided them processing equipment.

The selected coffee farmers were formed into group to ensure both the quality and quantity for overseas export, particularly to South Korea.

Mr. Reuy Teup, leader of coffee farmer group, from the same source shared that he could sell fresh coffee for 4,000 Riel (about one US$1), and dried coffee for 6,000 Riel (around US$1.5) per kilogramme - which is quite a good earning.

Source: Agency Kampuchea Press