Cambodian farmer’s wheel
Processing Center for Pepper in Cambodia
About Sela Pepper
Sela Pepper has experience in processing black pepper and preparing it for the world market. Knowing that the Cambodian black pepper is high quality, Sela Pepper decided to set up its factories in Cambodia and serve the local farmers.
Based on worldwide demand for high quality pepper with guarantees for microbiological cleanliness, Sela Pepper was the first company in Cambodia to build a new factory with an integrated cleaning facility. Sela Pepper aims to meet the high demands of its customers and simultaneously integrate the the Cambodian black pepper industry in the world market.
Sela Pepper sees an endless potential for the local black pepper industry. In order to promote production in Cambodia, Sela Pepper treats the farmers as important partners in the production system and aims to develop their ability to evolve.
Memot is located in Tbong Khmum Province in Cambodia, next to the western border of of Vietnam. Memot pepper growing began in 1992 when migrant farmers came from Kampot to settle down using the original seeds from their native province. The cultivation in Memot has constantly been expanded to become one of the largest cultivated pepper plantation areas in the world, which represents almost 90% of Cambodia pepper production. The Memot cultivated farmland has grown from 600 hectares to 2,400 hectares and from 1,730 households in 2013 to 4,500 households in 2017.
The production is estimated to reach 20,000 tons in 2017(Ministry of Agriculture). The yield with 6-8 tons per hectare is significantly higher than in othercountries like Vietnam with 2.5-3 tons per hectare and Indonesia or Malaysia with 1 ton/ha.[*]
This is by far the most important section in the process. Any pepper with even a trace of mould cannot be used for processing. To get the full black colour of dried pepper it needs to be dried in direct sunshine.