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Mondulkiri potato farming to grow

Chea Vannak / Khmer Times Share:
High-quality potatoes can be grown in Mondulkiri, studies show. KT

After three rounds of testing, agricultural experts have concluded that Mondulkiri’s highlands are suitable for the cultivation of potato.

Tests conducted over the last three years have shown that the soil in Mondulkiri meets the requirements for growing potatoes, said Song Kheang, director of Mondulkiri’s agricultural department.

“After three years of tests, we have concluded that Mondulkiri can produce high-yield, high-quality potatoes,” he said.

Tests revealed that the crop can yield 17 to 20 tonnes per hectare in the province, Mr Kheang said.

The results are particularly important given high demand for the crop in the country, especially in Phnom Penh, Mr Kheang said, who added that the crop now has to be imported to meet that demand.

Cambodia now imports more than 5,000 tonnes of potatoes every year from Thailand, Vietnam, China, Japan, Australia and the US, according to the Potato Research Institute, a centre in the Royal University of Agriculture in Phnom Penh

Initial tests conducted by the Potato Research Institute suggest that also Pursat and Battambang provinces have the right soil and climate for growing the crop.

Studies on potato farming in Cambodia have been carried out since earlier 2017, aiming to find areas in the Kingdom suited for growing the crop.

The research is a collaboration between the Ministry of Agriculture, the Korean International Cooperation Agency, and the Royal University of Agriculture.

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