The production of pepper has inched up last year to 11,819 tons on the total cultivation area of 6,124 hectares nationwide, according to a report from the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries.
The majority of the amount, 8,566 tons, or 72 percent, was harvested in Thbong Khmum province, one of the country's 17 pepper plantation areas.
Kampot province, whose pepper gets Geographical Indicator (GI) Certificate from the EU, harvested about 87 tons in 2016.
In the past four years, the pepper production in Cambodia has seen a remarkable increase from 2,489 tons in 2013 to nearly 12,000 tons in 2016, while the total cultivated land rose from 381 to 6,124 hectares during the same period.
H.E. Hean Vanhan, Director-General of Agriculture, Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries said that it is the development of agro-commercialisation sector beside rice production.
The growing pepper demand on the market has pushed more and more farmers and businessmen to invest in the pepper plantation, he said.
Vietnam, the EU, the U.S. and Japan are among the major markets for Cambodian pepper.
Source: Agency Kampuchea Press