Yamato Green Co. Ltd., a Japanese agriculture firm, has unveiled its plan to establish a 72-hectare chilli pepper farm in Siem Reap province’s Trapeang Touk village, Chup Tatrav commune, Angkor Thom district, to respond to local demand.

Katsuhito Nabeshima, the founder of Yamato Green Co. Ltd., expressed his vision for the project, highlighting the farm’s integration of new technology to achieve high productivity and serve as a model for local farmers.

The Siem Reap provincial information department revealed that the farm currently receives monthly purchase orders of up to 500 tonnes, indicating significant market potential for its products, which are also planned for export.

“This project will require a skilled workforce responsible for maintaining crop quality and meeting export standards, as well as a substantial number of workers for harvesting. It presents an opportunity to generate employment for the local population,” explained Katsuhito.

In addition to technical training, the company aims to collaborate with farmers who possess suitable land for chilli pepper cultivation by providing seeds and purchasing their produce.

Katsuhito emphasised the importance of cooperation between the authorities, local community, and Yamato Green Co. Ltd. to ensure the smooth operation of the farm. He believes that showcasing Cambodian products of high quality, grown in compliance with technical standards, will contribute to global recognition of Cambodian agriculture.

Once the chilli harvest is underway, the company plans to establish a small-scale processing facility to produce chilli sauce, a popular ingredient in Cambodian and Southeast Asian cuisines.

“This will enhance the value of our chilli peppers, as they are grown in Siem Reap province. We aim to offer a delectable Cambodian chilli sauce,” Katsuhito said.

On June 11, Som Samsak, director of Siem Reap provincial finance office, emphasised the significance of this large-scale production in promoting Cambodia’s ability to deliver standardised products to the global market. He anticipates that this achievement will attract more tourists and encourage substantial investments in Siem Reap province.

Furthermore, Samsak highlighted the farm’s potential to become a model for farmers interested in chilli cultivation, providing them with valuable research and learning experience to improve their own farms.

“This project will be implemented step by step, beginning with the 72-hectare farm, followed by subsequent expansions to meet the international market demand,” he said.

According to Katsuhito, meeting Cambodia’s monthly requirement of 500 tonnes of chilli necessitates approximately 200 hectares of land, ensuring sustainable production.