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The Kampot Pepper Promotion Association has sold just 50 tonnes of the coveted commodity, an 80 percent drop compared to last year. The dip in sales follows a decrease in production due to unfavorable weather conditions throughout the year, the association reported.


Total pepper production decreased by about 30 tonnes, the association said, amounting to just 70 tonnes in 2018. This has been explained as the result of heavy downpours during the beginning of the growing season. Only about 50 tonnes of the crop were sold to export companies, 80 tonnes less than in 2017, said Ngoun Lay, president of the Kampot Pepper Promotion Association, who explained that the market has shrank.


“The market is narrower this year, which has caused exports of Kampot pepper to drop,” Mr Lay said, adding that the association is exploring new markets to ship the commodity. The main markets for Kampot pepper are the European Union and the United States, followed by Japan, South Korea and China.


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