Kampot pepper farmers saw a bumper crop this year with harvest levels up more than 36 per cent, but rain shortages have diminished the producers’ chances of exporting their haul.
According to Nguon Lay, president of the Kampot Pepper Promotion Association (KPPA), more than 30 tonnes of Kampot pepper has been earmarked for collection, up from 22 tonnes in 2013.
“But it turns out, only 12 tonnes of the harvest is of geographical indicator (GI) standard,” he said, adding also that he had 26 tonnes worth of orders to fill.
“We have been asking for understanding from our buyers for failing to deliver the amount as ordered. Dry season this year has taken a longer time to end,” he added.