Nam Va Banana, A Popular Crop in Preah Vihear Province and the Source of High Income of Farmers​

Nam Va banana is known as the crop of Preah Vihear province has been distributed to Phnom Penh, and Siem Reap and many other provinces. 

Nam Wa banana (official name: Pisang Awak) is grown ubiquitously in Southeast Asia. 

Ping Trida, Head of Preah Vihear Provincial Department of Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries, said that the total plantation areas of Nam Va bananas accumulate more than 10,000 hectares, mostly planted in Preah Vihear city, and Tbeng Meanchey, Kulen and Sangkum Thmey districts. At least 100 tons per day of Nam Va Bananas grown in Preah Vihear have been distributed to the marketplaces in Phnom Penh City, and Siem Reap and other provinces, and especially in the holy day, approximately 200 tons of Bananas outflow to marketplaces. 

He added that generally, Nam Va bananas can be harvested up to five years and during the third and fourth years. Farmers could earn about eight million riels (approximately $1,957) per hectare of reaping. Nowadays, farmers set sight on expanding the planation of the bananas in order to increase the supply chain to fulfill the demand in the current marketplaces. 

He emphasized that apart from planting the bananas, Preah Vihear province grows many other potential crops such as potatoes, soybeans, beans, pumpkins, and winter melons to increase the supply in local and international markets, including Thailand and Vietnam.  

SOURCE: Ministry of Information | By: Kimlong