Kampot Durian Farming Boosted

AKP Phnom Penh, May 08, 2020 —

Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries has boosted the farming of durians in Kampot province, a well-known province for the most delicious durian, the king of fruits, in the country.

Speaking at a press conference held on May 8 at the Office of the Council of Ministers, Mr. Chan Rith, Director of Kampot Provincial Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries said that work has been carried out for years to boost the durian farming.

There are about 1,300 hectares of cultivation land of durians in Kampot province, of which 940 hectares have been harvested, he said.

According to Mr. Rith, the total yield of durians in Kampot province is about 12,280 tonnes per year.

Beside Kampot province, durian is planted in the provinces of Kep, Kampong Cham, Koh Kong, and Battambang.

The durian season is short, running from June to July, which also pushes the prices of the fruit up.

Durian is an acquired taste. Some compare its foul-smelling flesh to the aroma of moldy socks and rotten eggs, but for fans it is the ‘king of fruits’.

The locally-grown durian prices range from 28,000 Riel (US$7) to 30,000 Riel (US$7.5) per kilogramme.

(Photo: Phen Rattanak)

By Chea Vannak