Phnom Penh: Activities of Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries officials who visit cashew nut production and processing of Santa Ana Agro Company SANTANA village in Chik Och village, Romanh commune, Rovieng district, Preah Vihear province, has shown the smooth running of the factory despite fighting disease. Koww 19y At any time.

Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries HE Veng Sokhon said that the company has invested in developing cashew nuts from start to finish. To export in line with the policy of the Royal Government and Ministries in the development of a complete production chain from A to Z The aim is to use local raw materials to the best of their ability, to create jobs, to add value, to export, to establish standards and to guarantee quality in order to compete and market. International as a Cambodian product.

Un Kang Sann, director of SANTANA, said that the company has been developing cashew nuts over the years. 850 hectares. Currently, 250 hectares are harvested using M23 variety, producing 4-5 tons per hectare (depending on season and age Harvest).

The cashew nut processing plant was started in 2017 and exported to the largest markets of China, Europe and South Korea. The factory can process up to 10 tons per day, with a capacity of 35 tons, with a workforce of 120 (mostly). Women). Large quantities of cashew nuts were collected from 35 communities across Preah Vihear province.

U Kim Kimsan said the target would be to expand 1,000 hectares of crop to 10,500 tons of fresh produce per year. Production reaches 3,000 tonnes per year. In addition to cashew products, the company plans to set up a mango processing plant for export in 2021.

Currently, cashew nuts are worth 4,500 riels / kg, but before the Kovid-19 era 6,500-7,000 riel / kg. The average annual income per hectare is US $ 2,000 (depending on variety, quality and market). He also mentioned some of the challenges such as the cost of electricity, transport and some forms of administration. By: Beauty