Over 100 years ago French colonists made some attempts to start cocoa farms in Cambodia but it never worked out as planned. Eventually they gave up.
In 2014 our Cambodian company Kamkav chose the forested province of Mondulkiri to re-introduce cocoa in Cambodia after more than a century. The initiative almost failed due to a devastating drought in 2015. We lost all the trees.
We were knocked out but decided to start all over again and our perseverance was finally rewarded in 2018 with our first harvest. Meanwhile, many small-scale farmers in Cambodia have become interested in cocoa. This has given us the idea to start a cocoa nursery, and to use our acquired knowledge for fellow farmers. In 2019 we will start with a contract-farming program in which we support and guide other farmers in their cocoa adventure.
We only use organic fertilisers like cow shit, and organic pesticides like Bioway from Thailand. Therefore we are now busy with the help of Ecocert in Singapore to acquire an organic certification (EOS and NOP) .
We are also GMP certified through Bureau Veritas in Thailand.