International Demand for Black Pepper Production To Rise

Emerging demand for black pepper in international markets is likely to push up its production in Cambodia during the second half of 2017, according to a report from the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries.

The report foresaw an increase of black pepper production by 70 percent or 20,000 matrix tons by the end of 2017, from 11,819 matrix tons in 2016.

Thanks to the trend, as highlighted by H.E. Hean Vanhan, Director General of the General Directorate of Agriculture, farmers and people who have big land are shifting from cassava to black pepper cultivation.

The director general credited the rising demand for black pepper to the endeavour of the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries in promoting the products and establishing pepper communities throughout Cambodia.

In order to sustain the increasing demand, Spokesperson at the Ministry of Commerce H.E. Soeung Sophary suggested that black pepper producers should get the product certified by a recognised standard, like the Geographical Indication (GI) set by the European Union which was granted to Kampot pepper.

Pepper is planted in 19 provinces across Cambodia and Thbong Khmum, the country's eastern province that shares border with Vietnam, is home to the largest pepper plantation � taking up to 75 percent of total production in 2017.

Last year, Cambodia produced pepper at 11,819 tons on the cultivation land of 6,124 hectares.

Source: Agency Kampuchea Press