Samlot district farmers are facing serious challenges this year, as durian imported from Thailand and Vietnam drive prices down. In 2019, the provincial Department of Agriculture established the Samlot Durian Cluster to allow for easier production management and to guarantee the safety and source of the fruit to consumers.
Nay Chorn, president of the cluster, recently said that when he started farming durian in 2000, just three other families were growing them. ”We were the first to plant durian. I began in May 2000, with just 20 to 30 trees. We grew varieties such as Ov Khas, Phuong Many and Monthong, which are popular among Cambodian consumers.”