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Soybean is a potential cash crop and is grown almost everywhere in Cambodia. Soy bean grains contain a high content of oil and protein substances and can be processed into many products such as soymilk, bean paste, tofu bean fermented, soy sauce, etc. Based on a survey there is a plenty of soy bean production in Kratie, the center of production is in Snoul district.
Production: Yields are approximately 4,369 tons per year.
Market: Local market and export to Vietnam.
Sesame is one of the crops farmers in Kratie added to their farms. The largest production areas in Kratie are some villages in Snoul district. The middlemen collect the output from the villagers and arrange the export to Vietnam.
Production: Yield is approximately 1,018 tons per year.
Cassava is an agricultural product that can be processed into other products such as ethanol, animal feed, cassava starch, or cassava flour for human food. In Kratie Province, the activities of cassava cultivation just started in recent years due to the high market demand.
Production: Yields amount to approximately 97,424 tons per year.
Producers: There are two main areas for cultivating cassava which are Snoul and Chhlaung district.
Harvest season: December to April.
Cashew nuts are growing in tropical regions. Cashew nuts are cultivated in Cambodia mostly in Kampong Cham Province. However, due to the high potential and strong market demand the farmers in Kratie have enlarged their farmland to cultivate cashew similarly as neighboring provinces like Kampong Cham and Kampong Thom.
Production: Yields are approximately 1,611 tons per year.
Producers: Cashew is cultivated as a family business, mostly in Snoul district.
Harvest season: twice a year, February to April, July to November.
Pepper is the cash crop which has a very distinct flavor and smell. It develops an enthralling and strong aroma and is used for cuisines in many dishes. Due to soil and weather condition similar to Kampong Cham, the farmers brought pepper from Memot to plant it in Kratie Province, per hectares around 2500 poles.
Pepper producers: Approximately 100 families.
Market: Memot, Kampong Cham.
Harvest season: March to April.
Maize is cultivated around the world. Maize is an agro-product whose kernels can be processed into products such as animal feed, medicine, bio-fuel and other. At present the activity of maize cultivation is slowing down due to changes in the world market. The present cultivation areas are replaced the new plants.
Production: Yields are approximately 4, 627 tons/year.
The farmers cultivate rice twice per year: during dry season and rainy season. The main districts which produce a surplus of paddy rice in Kratie Province are Snoul and Sambo district.
Production: Cultivated areas are 17,027 ha, yields are approximately 47,675 tons per year.
Rice mills: More than 500 rice mills are operating as family businesses.
Market: Local market and Vietnam.
In recent years, in Kratie Province rubber business has drastically increased in two ways, by investment companies and families businesses. Today, one rubber processing factory operates and produces approximately 1,082 tons of rubber per year. Six other investment companies received concession land from the Cambodian government (32 to 184 ha). In the near future rubber cultivation will be extended by hundred thousands of hectares.
Production: Current cultivation area is 1,082 ha, yields are approximately 1,082 tons/year.
Kratie Province, located on the east bank of the Mekong River, attracts a fair share of visitors, many of whom wish to catch a glimpse of the last few Irrawaddy Dolphins left in the world. The recommended place to see them is Kampi Village, about 15 kilometers from town.
Irrawaddy Dolphins are an endangered species and are extremely rare; it is estimated there are only about 60 living in this stretch of the river. The town of Kratie offers an authentic rural ambience,
and therefore serves as the perfect place to spend a peaceful night or two. It is a nice relief from some of the country’s more trafficked areas.
There numerous sites to visit in Kratie. Phnom Sombok is a small temple located on a hill north of town. A long flight of steps lead into a pavilion of Phnom Sombok that features detailed photos of afterlife punishments to those who have sinned in the present life. Wat Roka Kandal is a restored pagoda with an ancient Lao style ‘Stupa’ on the riverfront about 2 kilometers from the town center.
Nearby lies a more modern pagoda where chanting of the monks can be heard at dawn and in the evenings. About 15 kilometers from town, there is a large Cham community. This is known locally as the ‘basket-weaving’ village; it is the biggest in Kratie with over 4000 villagers living here. A popular end-of-the-day activity in Kratie is to relax by the riverfront to watch the sun set.