Palm Sugar Sales Reach 100 Tonnes in Six Months

Cambodia exported around 70 tonnes of Kampong Speu palm sugar powder and 30 tonnes of palm sugar paste from December to May. Photo: ThmeyThmey

PHNOM PENH – Cambodia exported around 70 tonnes of Kampong Speu palm sugar powder and supplied 30 tonnes for domestic consumption from December to May.

Vy Veasna, the assistant of Kampong Speu Palm Sugar Community, said the destinations included France and Germany. Seven tonnes were exported to China for the first time and there would be a similar amount in the second purchase.

The community, consisting of 150 families, offers two types of sugar palm: a geographical indication (GI) type which costs 7,300 riel per kilogram and palm sugar paste which is 6,500 riel to 7,000 riel per kilogram.

According to the assistant, the community does not sell or buy palm sugar. It only manages the amount for export and domestic supply. The community also plays a role in negotiating the price.

“The palm sugar in the GI type is the most special one, because the farmers’ processing has good hygiene. Also, the products with GI is widely recognized,” Veasna said.

“The European Communities recognized the Kampong Speu’s palm sugar in its entirety in 2019,” he added.

Companies in Japan and Bulgaria were also thinking of importing Kampong Speu palm sugar and domestic companies intended to export it to Dubai.


Originally written in Khmer for ThmeyThmey, this story was translated by Meng Seavmey forCambodianess.

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