Monday, 9 November 2009

Banteay Meanchey Residents Complains of Potato Blockade

Written by DAP NEWS -- Monday, 09 November 2009

(Posted by CAAI News Media)

Provincial Banteay Meanchey residents have complained their potatoes are being barred from export to Thailand in recent months after a dispute between Cambodian vendors and Thais at the Boeung Trakourn border crossing, a local authority source said.

Chief of the at Boeung Trakourn crossing Nou Yorth told DAP News Cambodia that “There was a demonstration at the border by the Thais vendors, so all Cambodian products were blocked from export.”

Nou Yorth said that the sale of potatoes is a main source of income for many Cambodian farmers in the region. “They are depending on it. If the dispute is not finished, they will be hopeless for their business and have nothing to support their families.

Banteay Meanchey Provincial Director of the Department of Agriculture Heng Bunho said that about 20 percent of the 20,000 ha in the area was planted with potatoes in 2007. He said another 20,000 ha has been planted in 2009.

“If we cannot export our products to Thailand, we still have the local market.”

Before the demonstration, Cam-bodian vendors sold about 50 carts of potatoes to Thailand a day, Nou Yorth stressed.

Cambodian farmers, they decided to cut potatoes into chips and dry them in the sun, with the hope of exporting them in future, he added.

He reported the blockade to the Bateay Meanchey Provincial Governor and other provincial officials, and they will hold a meeting with the Thais authorities, he said.

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