American-owned Moo Moo Farms plans to import 1,000 cows in February next year to produce high-quality fresh milk.
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Kenny Matthews, founder of Moo Moo Farms, said he started the business in 2016, nearly three years ago, with about 10 cows. He now has 300 cows that have been imported from New Zealand.
“We are now planning to expand the farm by next year, and will import 1,000 more cows to Cambodia,” Mr Matthews said.
The dairy farm was originally located in Takhmao, but was moved to Kandal’s province Arey Ksat commune, approximately four kilometres outside Phnom Penh, due to space constraints.
“After the expansion, our farm could become the largest fresh milk producing farm in Southeast Asia and could provide many jobs for Cambodians while promoting local products,” Mr Matthews added.
An employee at Moo Moo Farms told Khmer Times that orders are rising because more and more Cambodians demand high-quality milk.
“We sell 100-percent fresh milk that our customers love,” he said.
In May 2016, Vinamilk and BPC Trading announced the launch of a $23-million milk factory in Phnom Penh Special Economic Zone. The plant can produce up to 19 million litres of milk a year, 64 million cups of yoghurt and 80 million cans of sweetened condensed milk.
Production, however, is based on imported powdered milk, rather than fresh domestic milk.