Locally-owned Lyly Food Industry is diversifying its offer and will soon produce dried vegetable and fruit products in addition to its rice-based snacks.
Keo Mom, chairwoman of Lyly Food Industry, told Khmer Times her factory is diversifying with support from foreign institutions.
“We have already imported the machinery and are proceeding with the assembly of the machines in our plant in Phnom Penh. We hope the facility will be ready in October in order to start the processing of the new products.
“Our aim is to assist farmers who suffer from price drops during the harvest season,” she said, adding that they are now working with farmers to teach them to grow vegetables and fruits in compliance with Good Agricultural Practice standards.
According to Ms Mom, the finished products are expected to hit the market in October. They will be sold locally, and will also be available for export.
“We now export to 12 countries. With our new products, we will use the same channels of distribution and will expand to even more markets.”
“By diversifying our production we are helping farmers, as they won’t have to leave their jobs to migrate and seek greener pastures abroad,” she said.
Chan Sophal, director of the Center for Policy Studies and a consultant for the Boosting Food Projection programme, expressed support for Lyly Food’s diversification plans.
He said it will improve farmers’ livelihoods and boost fruit and vegetable farming in the Kingdom.
“Investing in food processing in the agricultural sector is a top priority. We have a lot of potential in this sector, but we are in need of more processing plants.
“I hope the farmers will support the project, but the company has to promote the idea to let our people know that such products can now be processed in Cambodia,” he said.
Ms Mom said the factory is already producing a small amount of the new vegetable and fruit products to test the machinery.
“Right now we are producing products made out of bananas, pumpkin, potatoes, taro roots, and jackfruit, as well as a number of different vegetables,” she said, adding that production will expand once the machinery is fully operational.