About Us


We are proud to offer the best selection of vegetable seeds and plants available anywhere. Whether you're looking for hybrids, heirlooms, organics, or open-pollinated varieties, for large plots, small spaces, or containers, we have something special, to offer. Each one is tested in our trial gardens to ensure quality, hardiness, adaptability, and naturally, flavor!


Background

Prom Bunthai Import Export Co.,Ltd. (PB) is a family owned agriculture input Supply Company which was established in 2010. Previously, the General Manager (Mr Prom Bunthai) worked for 20 years in the rural sector and with farmers through his involvement with the Cambodian Disable People Organization (CDPO), the Nign Karet Foundation for Cambodia (NFKC) and the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA). Mr. Bunthai manages the shop, warehouse and the administration. The company employs two full time employees for sales and extension, and occasionally hires part-time employees/advisors for specific tasks. PB is registered with the Ministry of Commerce.


The Business

PB sells seeds, organic as well as chemical fertilizer, pesticides, herbicides, tools, plastic mulch, netting, seedling trays, and drip irrigation supplies in Pursat, Battambang, Siem Reap, Kampong Thom, Kampong Cham and Kandal provinces. PB gives advice to the farmers on the use of these inputs. The products are sold and distributed from a newly constructed warehouse and shop in Siem Reap, as well as through a network of retailers (dealers) located in the rural areas. PB works closely with communities and farmers’ groups and has been supplying NGOs and donor programs. PB has arrangements with suppliers from Thailand, Malaysia and Vietnam for seeds, fertilizer, pesticides and plastic mulch.

PB focus is on high quality products, product diversification, technical advice and customer service, and on maintaining an active relationship with its retailers and customers for mutual benefit. PB also plans to enter into partnerships with rural development projects funded by NGOs and international donors, for the supply of agricultural inputs and technical services (extension).


Constraints for Agriculture Input Suppliers

Agriculture is very important to Cambodia for the rural economy and employment. The potential demand for agricultural inputs is large, but input suppliers face some key constraints, such as:

Government extension service is very limited and NGOs often lack technical knowledge. In other countries, large private companies provide technical advice and training but because of predominant small input supply companies in Cambodia and low volume of sales, costs of providing extension as a free service are too high as compared to sales.

• Agricultural input suppliers are not organised and as such there is no strong platform that can discuss with government issues that need to be addressed through government action or policy. It is proposed that a donor organization or NGO takes initiative to establish an association of input suppliers.

• Most suppliers require cash payment at the time of placing purchase orders, but retailers are given short-term credit by input suppliers and therefore limited financial resources (working capital) are a severe limitation for expanding the business. Special credit programs (e.g. based on supply contracts by donor community) could jump start the business.