Kampot Pepper Yield Drops to 90 Tonnes

AKP Phnom Penh, August 28, 2020 —

Kampot Pepper Promotion Association said the yield of Kampot pepper, a certified geographical indication (GI) product, has dropped to 90 tonnes at the end of this year’s harvest season, down from 125 tonnes in 2019.

The declining yield of the commodity was much related to unexpected weather, said the association’s president Mr. Nguon Lay.

During the COVID-19 lockdown, the markets for GI pepper has been affected and the pepper remained in warehouses, Mr. Nguon Lay said on Friday.

Currently, the association has 68 pepper producers with more than 290 hectares of pepper plantations.

The pepper is seasonally harvested from March to June.

Kampot pepper comes in three varieties – black, red and white with the price of US$1,500, US$2,500, and US$2,800 per tonnes, respectively.

The main markets for Cambodia’s GI pepper are the EU countries, the U.S., Japan, and South Korea.

(Photo: Ministry of Commerce)

By Chea Vannak