Battambang province

 Side for invest, Import export
Khmer Grape Wine
Khmer’s Red Wine is made from grape fruits and is a new product in Cambodia. Cambodia’s grape wine was recognized by OVOP National Committee as a product of One Village One Product.
Production: Around 6,000 bottles per year (4,500 liters).
Number of producer: One family business
 Market: Phnom Penh, Battambang and Siem Reap
Product Development: The producer intends to develop a new product “Banon Brandy” in order to serve a higher demand and to increase Cambodia’s reputation.


Red Wine Prasat Phnom Banon: # 72, Bott Sala village, Cheur Teal Commune, Banon District, Battambang Province


Battambang Orange
Oranges are cultivated in Barnon district since French colonial times. The farmers introduced orange seeds from Pursat Province. Later, the plants were spreading to many areas in Battambang. Battambang Oranges  are today famous for many years, the main production area is Banon district.
Production: No data available
Market: Domestic market
Harvest time: June to August
Business contact:
Anloung Kong village, Chheur Teal Commune, Banon District, Battambang Province


Battambang Pineapple
In Battambang a special, small species of pineapple exists with a good flavor similar to honey. Battambang’s farmers call this small species of pineapple “Manath” because the farmers introduced these species long time ago from the neighboring country.
Production: Cultivated area is 150 hectares
Producers: Family-run farms, mostly in Moung Russey district
Market: Siem Reap, Pursat, Battambang, Kampong Cham, Kampong Chhnang and Phnom PenhHarvest time: The cultivation period is 14 months, if growing starts in April the pineapples can be harvested in June next year

Battambang Maize/Corn
Farmers in Battambang cultivate besides rice also other commercial crops such as maize in order to improve their standard of living. The most popular seeds is 888, AAA due to its high yield. Maize producers formed an association and set up a trading company for collecting the crop during harvest season.
Production size: Cultivation area is 91,628 ha, yields areing approxi. 458,140 tons per year
Number of producers: There are 49 large farms. The largest maize producing areas are the districts of Banon, Ratanakmoundol, Sampov Loon, Phnom Prek, and Sam Lout.
Market: Domestic market and export to Vietnam and Thailand

Battambang Grapefruits
Grapefruits are a local fruit in Battambang which have a weight of 70g-200g. People from Battambang are used to call this fruit Ta Lim, Ta Mao or Ta Yove depending on the area where the grapefruit is cultivated.
Production: No data available
Number of producers: No data available
Market: Domestic market
Harvest time: August - September
Cambodia Cotton

Cotton is a plant used in processing industries for garment. It is growing in tropical and sub-tropical areas around the world. Cambodia has two distinct seasons, the dry and the rainy season, which provides very good conditions for cotton cultivation. Besides Battambang also Kampong Cham has cotton cultivation to supply local processing factories under a system of contract farming.
Production size: Cultivation area in Battambang is 200 ha. Battambang Province started to plant cotton crops in 2006 by an investment company from China.
Number of producers: One company
Market: Export to China and Vietnam
Harvest season: Cultivation starts in April, collection of crop is done in August to February


Battambang Cassava
Cassava is an agricultural product that can be processed into various other products such as ethanol, animal feed, cassava starch and cassava flour for human consumption.
In 2005, a comprehensive cassava cultivation started in Battambang. The farmers introduced cassava trees from Thailand in order to split and cultivate these trees on their own land. The culvation period is from April to December.
Production: Cultivation area is 30,730 ha, yields are 1,229,200 tons per year
Producers: 24 families in various locations and different sizes of farm land.
Market: Export to Thailand, Vietnam and supply to domestic companie


Battambang Paddy Rice
Similar to other province in Cambodia, Battambang’s farmers produce various varieties of paddy rice such as Neang Khune, Neang Minh, Jasmine and Phkar Khney. Battambang is of highest importance in Cambodia for producing and supplying rice for domestic consumption and export to overseas markets. Battambang’s white rice is very famous and popular for many years, especially the varieties Jasmine, Phkar Khney and Neang Khune.
Production size: cultivation area is 245,127 hectares. Yields are 735,281 tons per year.
Market: Domestic markets and export to Malaysia, EU and USA

Visitor guide
Battambang, located in northwestern Cambodia, contains the second most populous city in the country after Phnom Penh. The provincial capital, also Battambang, has always been a popular destination for its nearby ancient temples, French colonial architecture, and Buddhist shrines.
Sitting on the Sangker River just south west of the Tonle Sap Lake, Battambang town is at the heart of Cambodia's 'rice bowl', and it maintains an untouched, bucolic feel. The streets are filled with remarkably well-preserved French colonial buildings alongside traditional Cambodian houses. The nearby countryside harbors old pagodas, Angkorian era ruins, caves, waterfalls, and Khmer Rouge period killing fields.
Attractions include Phnom Sampeu, a hill with caves of Buddha statues; the 12th Century Prasat Snung, Wat Banan, an Angkorian temple now occupied as a Buddhist shrine; Wat Baydamram where thousands of fruit bats reside, and Wat Ek Phnom.

rom Siem Reap you can make a daytrip to Prek Toal to see the impressive water bird spectacle, the pristine flooded forest, the traditional fishing and the traditional floating community. In the dry season (November – March) thousands of endangered species of birds, such as storks, adjutants, pelicans and ibises come to the area to breed in the sanctuary. Around the core area lie several fishing villages comprising 1200 families living in houses floating on a bamboo rafts or in houseboats, an adaptation to the ebb and flow of the lake.

The Phnom Sampuove is the natural resort located along the National Road No 57 (the former National Road No 10) at Sam Puoy commune (the high land having more than 100-meter height) approximately 12-kilometer distance from the provincial town of Battambang. On the top of Sam Puoy Mountain, there are temple and three natural wells, namely Pkar Slar, Lo Khuon and Ak So Pheak. Next to Sam Puoy Mountain, there are some main mountains, the natural sites like Phnom Trung Moan, Phnom Trung Tea and Phnom Neang Rum Say Sork. These mountains related to the Cambodia folk legend of Reach Kol Neang Run Say Sork.

Watt Ek Phnom, a modern pagoda, sits next to some 11th century Angkorian ruins built as Hindu temples under Suryavarm I. The river road drive to Ek Phnom from Battambang passes through some absolutely beautiful countryside.

Sek Sak is a natural resort, which has been popular since before the civil war. Sek Sak stretches along the river bank full of plants, trees and bamboo-green nature.

Prasat Snung consists of three separated stupas made of brick in Snung pagoda’s area, Snung commune, Ba Nan District, about 22-kilometre (14 mi) distance from the provincial town. Based on the style of the gate, the temple is similar to other temples in 12th century.

Ba Set Temple was built during the reign of King, Soriyak Varman I (1002–1050) and located on a hill at Ba Set village, Ta Pun commune in 15-kilometre (9 mi) distance from the provincial town. Ba Set temple adapts the architecture of 11th century temples. Next to the temple, there is a pond having 20-metre (66 ft) length 12-metre (39 ft) width and 10-metre (33 ft) depth. The pond is never dry, even in the dry season. In rainy season, the water level is higher than usual.

Prek Toal Community-Based Ecotourism Site
Overview
Prek Toal Ecotourism Site was established in 1999 under support from a NGO called Osmose. Prek Toal is a floating village with a bird sanctuary. Visitors can go on guided trips by trained SVC (Sam Veasna Center) bird guides and WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society) rangers to watch birds and learn about them. In addition to that, paddle boat tours through the floating village are being offered to see crocodile and fish rising farms and many more interesting things. There is also the special opportunity to stay overnight in the Environmental Research

Station.
Location
Prek Toal is located in Battambang province in the Northwest of Cambodia. Prek Toal can be reached by National Road Number 5 from Siem Reap Town by a 1/2 hours drive. From Battambang Town you can take a boat which will reach Prek Toal within 6 to 9 hours.
Attractions and Activities
Bird sanctuary in flooded forests
Enjoying paddle boat tours through the floating village
Visiting the core bird reserve in the flooded forest guided by SVC bird guides and Wildlife WCS rangers
Visiting crocodile and fish rising farms
Staying overnight in the Environmental Research Station or in a local restaurant and watching birds at dawn
CBT Products and services
CBT Products and services include Prek Toal boat services, an Environmental station with overnight facilities, WCS rangers from the Environmental Research Station and a local restaurant at Prek Toal. The guides are SVC (Sam Veasna Center) English speaking bird guides who work closely together with the WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society) rangers at the Environmental Research Station. These rangers have current knowledge about the location of several bird colonies and refer it to the visitors of Prek Toal.

The Museum of Battambang Province located downtown is relatively small but very interesting indeed. Many lintels are exposed as well as Buddha statues, figurines …You can stop for hours on the skill of Battambang people to sculpt with refinement of the materials, which require a well-knowledge when we would carve to tame them. Its director is French-speaking.

Bamboo Train
Enjoy a unique experience on the “Bamboo Train” in the middle of the lush countryside.The Bamboo Train (unique in Cambodia and it’s at Battambang !) is a small motorized platform that follows in a few miles the narrow gauge railroad linking Phnom Penh to Battambang
We invite you to sit and explore the countryside of Battambang which, thanks to its fertile soil, is the first “rice granary” of the country. Plantations surrounded by palm trees, Zebu pulling plows, farmers leant on the farming are an integral part of the Cambodian countryside. (Caution:it is a means of local transportation very easy and very less comfortable). Duration : 1hour.

Sangker River
Battambang city is built along the Sangker river. Because Sangker river and Tonle Sap Lake is connected, visitors can travel back and forth between Siem Reap and Battambang by boat through this beautiful waterway. On the both sides of the river, there are protected Wetlands and narrow bays, and the middle is the floating village of people who live with traditional mediocre lifestyle. August 1 is the deep water period, and taking a yacht back and forth is available, only 4 hours between Siem Reap and Battambang. Shallow water period, only the small boat is available, and the traveling period is yacht’s twice.

Phare Ponleu Selpak
It is situated in National Highway number 5, Anhchanh Village, O’Char Commune, Battambang. The nonprofit organization was founded in 1994, freely provides basic education to disadvantaged children, and is divided into 3 schools respectively training about traditional music, visual art and circus in order to promote local art development and help them to be self-relience. Visitors can visit their training daily. Graduates normally perform the circus, Khmer mythological drama and traditional music in the tent behind the school dormitory. The performance days are different every month, please visit the official website for detail: http://www.phareps.org .

Kamping Poy lake
The Kamping Poy lake was created by the Khmer Rouge using slave labour to build. Over 10,000 Cambodians died due to excessive labor and poor health during the construction of the dam, which was aimed to improve irrigations to the rice paddies. As a result, it is called “killing dam”. Ironically, the reservoir which is still being used nowadays has become people's picnic spot.

Crocodile farm
There is a crocodile farm in Dam Spey Village, Slaket Commune, Battambang, and it is changed from the home back garden. The owner of the farm is Heng Chheng grandma who is Chaozhou people, and she can distinguish between each crocodile. The farm is freely opened for visitors to visit but does not have a sign, so it is best to ask local people to lead the way.

Battambang Province
1. Provincial Government Policies for Investment Promotion
1)     Special features or strong points of the Province in terms of the investment
An advantage of geographical location which can be a center of trade with Thailand supported by national road #5 and #57 connecting boarders of Thailand (1 International border check point and 4 regional bordered check points).
Well developed transportation networks by roads, railways and river boats linking to Thailand, Phnom Penh and other provincial cities.
 Most fertile soil which suitable to produce various agricultural products and well developed irrigation system including three major dams.
Abundant supply of young and educated labors with cheaper costs

2)     Investment opportunities or potential sector
Agriculture (Rice, Tapioca, corn, bean, Cassava, orange,  and mixed vegetation ), Animal raising (Cattle, Fish and Crocodile)
Industry ( Rice milling, Food processing and Mining)
Tourism (The number of tourist flowing into Battambang has been increased)
Types of soil in the Province: (*5)
Lacustrine alluvial soils in regions closer to Tonle Sap lake, mostly brown hydro orphic elsewhere, but also basic litho sols, plinthite podzols and grey hydro orphic. Fertility level is very high
7. Forestry & Mining (*2)
Protected forestry area:
There is no protected forestry area in the province, while 1/3 of total province’s land area covered by forest (Sampovlone, Phnom Phrek, Kamreang, Bovel, Samlot, Koskrolo, Rukhakiri, Mongresey, Ek Phnom, Sangke and Tmorkol districts).
 Wildlife sanctuary and protected area:
Tourist side: Bamboo train, Ancient Temple
Protected wildlife sanctuary: Phnomsamkos (59,700ha), Roneam Daunsam (143,800ha)
Other protected area: Samlote(21,000ha) and Tonle Sap (114,300ha)