Potatoes to take root in Cambodia

Cambodia’s eastern Mondulkiri province will become the country’s first hub for potato growing after a successful pilot project, researchers say.  Cheang Hong, of the Potato Research Center at the Royal University of Agriculture, said a team spent several months studying weather conditions, potato varieties and farming.  Mr. Hong said some varieties need cool weather while some need warm weather. They identified Mondulkiri as the best place to plant.  He said the project confirmed that potatoes can indeed be grown in Cambodia, however the researchers were putting more effort into finding varieties to grow in provinces other than Mondulkiri.  The researchers are looking for varieties to grow in warmer climate provinces such as Battambang, Preah Vihear and Pursat.  “To find a proper potato variety to grow in both cool and warm weather provinces will take another three years,” Mr. Hong said.  Researchers brought around 24 varieties of potato from Germany, South Korea and Peru. A few were suitable for the Cambodian climate. More