Makro stores K Kong molds

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Sna Dai Me Executive Director Phal Chakrya (left) and Environment Department Secretary of State Neth Pheaktra at Wednesday’s event. MINISTER OF THE ENVIRONMENT

Koh Kong blue mussels are now available at Makro supermarket in Sen Sok district west of Phnom Penh, after an agreement was reached with local communities to increase incomes and support the conservation of mangroves, according to a senior official at the Ministry of the Environment.

Mangrove forests provide support in salty or brackish coastal waters for filter feeders such as blue mussels (Mytilus edulis), which are often found clustered on tree roots.

During a promotional event at the wholesale warehouse on September 22, the Department’s Secretary of State, Neth Pheaktra, hailed the move as the next step in expanding the domestic market for edible bivalve molluscs, and as part of the broader efforts of the General Department of the Ministry of Local Communities to improve livelihoods and family economies in communities within the Kingdom’s protected areas.

“Blue mussels are local, abundant in Peam Krasop Wildlife Sanctuary, Koh Kong Province, and a symbol of sustainable natural resources that flow from the harmony of economic activity and conservation,” he said. he declares.

And now, mangrove conservation yields “have started to establish a presence in Makro, with [the molluscs] added as a new option for consumers who love seafood, ”he said.

He thanked Makro and Sna Dai Me – an agricultural cooperative based in Prek Leap commune of Chroy Changvar district, northeast Phnom Penh – for working with the ministry to store blue mussels.

“This is a demonstration of marketing initiatives for local products, and also part of marine conservation, especially the protection of mangrove forests in Koh Kong province, which is an important source food security for the people of the region, ”said Pheaktra.

Makro, in collaboration with the Ministry for Sustainable Landscape and Ecotourism (CSLEP) project, organized a promotional discount for mussels until October 5 at its outlets in Phnom Penh and Siem Reap.

Communities raising medium-sized marine molluscs in Peam Krasop can supply 3,210 tonnes of mussels per season, typically November through March, but potentially until somewhat later if demand requires.

Sna Dai Me executive director Phal Chakrya expects Makro’s decision to expand the range of opportunities for Koh Kong blue mussels, highlighting the historically small scale of their market.

“I hope the Cambodians as a whole will support us by supporting local products and also helping to create livelihoods in the communities that produce this type of mussels. From now on, Cambodians will be able to buy the mussels in any supermarket in any province or city because they will be widely sold, ”she said with a dose of optimism.

The Director General of the Ministry of Local Communities, Khieu Borin, affirmed that there are three mussel farming communities in Peam Krasop, stressing that the value chain has great potential for future development.

He said SCOEL supports the creation and promotion of national markets for high-quality local products that could compete with imported goods in supermarkets and high-end hotels, especially in the capital.

“To achieve these goals, the SCOEL project will work with development partners and the private sector to create an enabling environment for investment in economic activities conducive to conservation,” he said, stressing that the development of a mussel export policy is also a priority.

“The project is collaborating with Sna Dai Me and Makro Cambodia to organize the processing of quality and hygienic products to supply the Cambodian market, as well as to achieve greater reach among Cambodians,” Borin said.


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