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Fertiliser imports on the rise

Bags of organic fertilizer set for export from a factory in Kampong Speu province. KT/Sok Chan

Cambodia imported more than 1.2 million tonnes of fertiliser and pesticide in 2019, a year-on-year increase of 9 percent, according to a report from the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries.

The imported fertiliser was amounted to 1.14 million tonnes while the pesticide import to 810,000 tonnes.

Veng Sakhon, Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, said that the increasing demand of fertiliser and pesticide reflects the real situation of agricultural development in Cambodia.

However, the potential demand for fertiliser for agricultural crops does not seem to attract investments in fertiliser production for domestic supply he said, mentioning some challenges such as high cost of electricity and lack of some main raw materials for producing fertilizer which needs to be imported.

“Agricultural production increased to about 40 million tonnes [in 2019] of every kind of agricultural crops because farmers use fertiliser. So we need a lot of fertilisers to feed crops for growing and increasing yields,” Mr Sakhon said.

The ministry has been working to deal with the facing issues in order to attract investments to produce fertilisers locally to supply domestic demand, Mr Sakhon affirmed.

Cambodia imports fertiliser mainly from Thailand, Vietnam, and China.

Some 226 companies were licensed to import fertiliser and pesticide to the Kingdom last year. Chea Vannak/AKP

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