Of the 160 farmers growing pepper in Kampot, 150 are now KPPA
Kampot pepper's GI area stood at 250ha in Kampot and Kep provinces in October last year, according to the KPPA. Within that area, 200ha had mature pepper plants that could be harvested.
However, the KPPA is looking to many new destinations to expand the market further, such as South Korea, Hong Kong and China.
The KPPA has 457 member farmers and the organisation has partnered with 35 private companies to export its product to international markets.
KPPA members number 442 farmers, and the body has partnered with 29 private companies to export its product to international markets.
The sector generates approximately $1 million in annual revenue, said the KPPA.
Sok Huy, a farmer and member of the KPPA
who has 10 hectares of pepper plants, said his production would be down 30 percent compared to last year.
The KPPA has added dozens of new farmers and distributors in the past year.
For companies, processors and packagers, the KPPA requires companies to register with the Commerce Ministry, and apply to the KPPA.
How does the KPPA plan to adapt to climate change in future harvest seasons?
KPPA President Ngoun Lay said he expected his members to harvest just 75 tonnes of pepper by the end of the growing season in June, which would mark a 26 percent decrease compared to last year's production.
The KPPA is the governing body of farmers who label their pepper as Kampot pepper, which was given geographical indication (GI) status from the World Trade Organization in 2010.