The United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO), together with the Ministry of Commerce and the Agriculture Ministry’s fisheries administration, yesterday launched a booklet titled “Fostering Fisheries Value Chain Growth and Competitiveness”.
The booklet launch was to mark the end of a three-year marine fishery project under the Cambodia Export Diversification Programme (CEDEP II).
“The three-year project supported two fish processing factories in Kampot province – Eche Ngov Heng Food Production and Kampot Seafood Company,” said Sin Kang, an officer with UNIDO’s export diversification and expansion programme.
“The two factories are now HACCP certified and are successfully linked with restaurants, supermarkets and retail chains, offering fish that is hygienic and safe for consumers,” he added.
HACCP (Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point) is an internationally recognised system for reducing the risk of safety hazards in food.
Mr Kang said the project had also developed a manual for potential fish exporters in Cambodia detailing all the procedures and paperwork that needed to be done before their products could leave the country.
“We also developed four new Cambodian Standards on Code of Practice for fishery products such as dried shrimp, fish sauce and crabmeat, which are harmonised with Asean requirements,” Mr Kang said.
Mr Kang said another milestone for the project was the creation of the Alliance of Marine Fishery Associations of Cambodia.
“Cambodia’s marine fishery value chain is taking a new dimension in terms of trade development and competitiveness,” he added.
CEDEP II was designed to strengthen and diversify the export supply capacity of the country’s marine fisheries sector, with the aim of integrating the kingdom’s marine products into regional and global markets.