The first durian buffet in Cambodia, at “Prey Lang farm” in Kampong Thom province’s Sandan district, last month. Customers enjoyed Cambodia durian in the farm. It attracted more than 500 people, said the farm’s owner, Ros Sophal.
Each customer paid 30,000 riel for the durian buffet inclusive beverages. More importantly, visitors got a taste of durian in a 6ha nature farm, in Meanrith commune’s 99 village.
“When I look at the market price of Cambodian durian, I doubted I could make much of a profit. It was rather important for me to let people know that even though it is grown locally, we are producing quality fruit. It was also a great way for public awareness of the farms in Kampong Thom. The durian farms of Kampot are more well-known, but now people might change the perceptions after tasted our durians,” he said.
“I also wanted people to recognize that farmers not only need to know how to grow agricultural products, but they also know how to market it,” he added.
The plantation owner, who is currently working for a foreign organization related to conservation of natural resources, said it was his own idea to host a durian buffet, which inspired by seafood buffets that he had seen in Phnom Penh. Another reason was that he realized the difficulties farmers faced, due to imported durian.
His objective is to allow the public to see exactly where the fruit come from and to witness the quality of their durian. It was also encourage farmers to try new ways to attract customers.
Source: https://www.phnompenhpost.com/lifestyle/durian-buffet-hit-kampong-thom-farmer


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