Commerce Minister Pan Sorasak recently reviewed red corn and pailin longan produced in the four provinces near the Cambodia-Thailand border to study the feasibility of expanding markets and adding value to supply chains, according to a statement.
The review was carried out in cooperatives with officials from the Ministry and Provincial Departments of Commerce, Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries and Cooperatives in the provinces of Pailin, Battambang and Banteay Meanchey.
“For robust production of red maize, good agricultural practices must be adopted. Sanitary and phytosanitary procedures are also necessary to ensure the quality of its exports in accordance with regional and international agreements,” Sorasak said.
Farmers and cooperatives said they face challenges such as rising production costs and the high quality of export standards set for red corn and pailin longan. They also do not have enough knowledge about the benefits of plantation registration or about good agricultural practices.
They added that they are also unaware of sanitary and phytosanitary procedures even though agriculture officials have gone to the field to sensitize them.
“Farmers and cooperatives requested the Ministry of Commerce to coordinate with other ministries and relevant institutions to consider their requests and also standardize the size of trucks which differs in Cambodia and Thailand,” the statement said.
They urged the Ministry of Commerce to work for the expansion of domestic and overseas markets, such as Thailand and China, so that farmers can increase their production.
The Minister assured that the Ministry of Commerce will consider requests regarding the standardization of loads for trucks.
“As for cross-sectoral challenges, the Ministry of Commerce will review requests with other relevant ministries and institutions and provide appropriate responses to eliminate issues that have hampered production and export,” he said. .
Red maize has great potential in domestic and overseas markets as livestock fodder, the statement said, adding that it is currently planted on about 145,983 hectares in the country.
Red maize is planted in the provinces of Battambang, Banteay Meanchey, Pailin, Pursat, Tboung Khmum, Kratie, Preah Vihear, Prey Veng and Kandal and exported to Thailand, Vietnam, South Korea and Bangladesh.
CP Cambodia Limited had signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with a red maize planting cooperative in Pailin province for the purchase of the products, according to the statement.
China Jinan Engineering Import Export (Cambodia) Co Ltd had signed another MoU with Pailin longan communities in four provinces including Pailin, Battambang, Banteay Meanchey and Pursat provinces to export the products from September 2022 to June 2023.