GI Kampot-Kep salt prepared for exports by end of year: insiders

GI Kampot-Kep salt prepared for exports by end of year: insiders

Exports of Kampot-Kep salt, recently identified as a “geographical indication” (GI) product, are slated to begin by the end of 2023, said Bun Narin, president of the Association of GI Kampot-Kep Salt Producers.

Currently, the association is in the process of printing salt packs and disseminating information to farmers and relevant stakeholders on compliance procedures in the production stage and how to pack them.

Salt from Kampot and Kep was officially identified as a GI product by the Ministry of Commerce on April 26, 2023.

Speaking to The Post on August 14, Bun Narin said that following the registration of the product, his association has done a lot of work relating to the environmental condition of salt fields, salt quality and packaging to help speed up the export of salt to international markets.

The cost of GI salt products is expected to be 30 to 50 per cent more than regular salt products. At present, good quality salt costs 25,000 riel ($6) per 50kg bag and low-quality salt costs between 17,000 to 18,000 riel.

Previously, Kampot-Kep salt products were exported to Japan, Czechia, Switzerland and the UK, along with Kampot GI pepper products.

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By Hin Pisei | Phnom Penh Post | Publication date 14 August 2023 | 21:15 ICT