Chinese firm Jiangsu Lianfa is now crop testing in Pursat province, in the country’s west, and will start growing cotton on 180 hectares of land if test results are satisfactory, according to a company representative.
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The representative, who did not want to be named, said the company is so far happy with the results.
“This is our first test. If yields are as high as the company expects, we will test a second time, this time on 180 hectares,” the representative said.
The company plans to maximise profit by rotating crops. Besides cotton, soybean and corn will also be grown, the representative said.
The cotton harvested at the plantation will be processed by the company and supplied to textile factories around the world, including two in Pursat – Jincheng Garment Factory and Hengyu Garment Factory.
Pursat agricultural department director Lay Piseth said the company has brought 20 types of cotton seeds from China to determine which are the most suitable for the region’s land and climate.
“As the company expands their operations, they will need more cotton, so our farmers will be very busy supplying them.
“I heard that the company is also considering building a cotton-processing factory,” he said, adding that if the factory is built, his department will contact Jiangsu Lianfa to urge the company to enter contract farming schemes with farmers in the province, which will guarantee a stable market and price for the farmers.
The company signed a memorandum of understanding with the Ministry of Agriculture on Nov 22 during Minister Veng Sakhon’s visit to Jiangsu province, in China’s eastern-central coast.