Potatoes seem to have no growers, while 1 hectare yields 17 tons, earns more than $ 10,000 and grows 4 times / year
Potatoes are a crop that is in high demand in the market. In addition, in Mondulkiri province, there is a strong market demand, especially the local market because it is considered a safe vegetable is being recognized by consumers. In fact, a farmer in Mondulkiri province grows potatoes, in addition to this crop, he grows carrots and other vegetables, he grows to supply in the supermarkets in Phnom Penh with a wholesale price of 6,000 to 7,000 riel / kg.
According to the Ministry of Information, Mr. Kry Meng Chheang, the owner of the potato farm, said that he has been successfully growing carrots and potatoes in Mondulkiri province for the past three years. Today, the carrots and potatoes he grows in Sen Monorom are very productive, but despite this, they are still not able to supply enough consumers.
He added that he can harvest 4 times a year on an area of nearly two hectares, each time it takes three months to harvest and, in each crop, to get from 8 tons to more than 10 tons. Per season, Mr. Kry Meng Chheang’s farm also exported 15 to 20 tons of carrots and potatoes to the market, with prices ranging from 6,000 to 7,000 riel per kilogram.
The farmer said, “As for the market, there is not much left because now customers need natural vegetables from Mondulkiri, we have a lot of recognition, they want our vegetables, our vegetables grow. Naturally speaking, in general, there is no shortage of market, there is no shortage of carrots, and the market for potatoes, as long as there is, there is no shortage, each buyer needs more, and there are fewer growers in the province, only me No, I grow the most and I have a lot, I do not supply enough to meet demand.
Meanwhile, according to Professor Cheang Hong, Dean of the Faculty of Agricultural Sciences, said that this year harvested 6 varieties of potatoes selected from last year, and this year is the first experiment. 3, which received a decent yield, with a yield of between 17-20 tons per hectare, will be sold per kilogram at a price between 6,000 and 7,000 riels, so if you have a yield of 17 tons per hectare, at least more than 10,000 dollars. .
He also concluded that the cultivation of potatoes in Mondulkiri is possible to grow, this is the third-year experiment and have enough techniques to have varieties that are suitable for the climate in this area.
Please note that the cultivation of potatoes requires us to have a land with a slightly cold climate, so if you have land in Mondulkiri, Ratanakiri or a mountainous province can try to grow, because it is also a guide from the president. Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries of Mondulkiri Province.