Around 200 tons of kapok’s resin has been exported to Vietnam, a local officer in Kampong Cham, 120 km province said.
Seng Ol, Chief Peam Prathnar Commune, Koh Sotin district, Kampong Cham province said Vietnamese trades come to buy our kapok’s resin around 200 tons a year.
“We can sell around 5000 Riels or USD 1.25 per kilogram, but we don’t know why they come to buy our kapok’s resin”, he said.
“Some of them told us that it used to make desert, some say for traditional medicine”, he said.
Most of the kapok tree has been grown in a Chi He, one of 13 villages in the commune, he said.
Ly Born, Chief of Chi He village said there are 178 families in the village, and most of them grow kapok tree.
“We don’t sell only the resin, but we also sell its fiber, and also its wood”, he said.
After we grow around 3 years it will provide us fruit that we can take its fiber, then when it old we started gather its resin, then when it died we exploit its wood, he said.
“Not only kapok timber, fiber, and resin, its leaf also can sell 700 riels per kilogram to make incense stick, and animal food”, he said.