LY LY Food Industry Co Ltd (Lyly Food), one of the Kingdom’s largest food producers and exporters, on February 8 entered into a three-month purchase and sale agreement with a group of vegetable producers in Kandal province to supply produce to dehydrate.

The pact was penned by Lyly Food director Ing Chhivly and a representative of the vegetable farmers in a ceremony coordinated by provincial Department of Commerce director Orm Bunthoeun.

Lyly Food CEO Keo Mom told The Post on February 9 that under the agreement, the company would buy six tonnes of kabocha winter squash (Cucurbita maxima) and wax gourd (Benincasa hispida) per month.

She noted that her plant has the capacity to produce six tonnes of dried food per day and currently processes vegetables such as kabocha winter squash, bananas, asparagus beans (Vigna unguiculata) and okra (Abelmoschus esculentus).

“With all the demand for fruits and vegetables processed into dehydrated products, we’ll have to ink more contracts for produce in other provinces,” Mom said.

She noted that the farmers are based in Anlong Ta Sek Leu village, Prek Ambel commune, Sa’ang district.

Bunthoeun said the group of vegetable growers is part of the Accelerating Inclusive Markets for Smallholders (AIMS) project, which is designed to improve production and marketing connectivity and is spearheaded by the ministries of Commerce and Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries.

He said the contract lasts three months and that the farmers’ first batch of supply to Lyly Food would be 400kg of kabocha winter squash.

“The kabocha winter squash and wax gourd have been trialled in the production of snacks and came out tasting quite nice, hence they [Lyly Food] signed this contract, which will help secure a market for farmers and also give the company an amount of raw material for food production,” Bunthoeun said.

On January 22, Lyly Food signed a memorandum of understanding with Siem Reap-based wholesaler Food and Agriculture Market (FAM) to supply it with kabocha winter squash, wax gourd, asparagus beans and okra.