Makro, a joint venture cash and carry supermarket involving Siam Makro and local LYP Group, has called for supplies of vegetables and fruit from local farmers for its official opening in Phnom Penh by the end of the year.
Makro Cambodia says the contracts will keep markets stable and provide income for farmers.
The company says on its Facebook page that fruit and vegetable farmers who are interested in becoming business partners with Makro Cambodia can join the company in managing both costs and quality.
“The guarantee in supplying to this market also benefits farmers by helping them get a stable increase in income,” it says.
Contacted by phone yesterday, an official at Makro Cambodia confirmed the projects, but declined to go into detail.
Ho Puthea, director of horticulture and subsidiary crops at the Ministry of Agriculture, said it was a model for promoting the agriculture sector.
“The contacts on supplying wholesale products will help farmers – especially to encourage them to farm with plans to supply at agreed amounts in the contacts to companies,” Mr Puthea said.
“The model also ensures the quality of products from farmers in the markets to ensure food safety.”
Currently, the government is pushing to establish a distribution model involving marketplaces in which all agricultural products will be shipped to the same place before being sold onwards. These would take place in ten provinces, Mr Puthea said.
Chan Natheap, an orange farmer in Battambang province’s Sangke district, said she was happy about the move which would help agricultural products to have stable markets.
“Farmers will be joyful when they know their products have a market,” said Ms Natheap.
“It will encourage them to increase their production.
“Currently, we sell only to regular customers. We have to compete with imported oranges that sometimes drag prices down.”
Makro Cambodia said it would open officially by December.
The company announced recently that it would start out as a cash and carry centre selling food and non-food products primarily to registered members, including small and medium-size businesses, retailers, caterers, and public institutions.
Covering more than five hectares of land, Makro Cambodia says it will sell a wide range of high quality products at prices that enable buyers to keep their costs down and make profits.