Sothy’s Pepper Farm started, in this form, on 11 March 2013, when SORN Sothy took it over from its former owner, who had planted what is now our main pepper field in 2007. Another pepper field had been added in 2011, and the third field was added in September 2013.
The total area is slightly over 2 hectares. The major part of the land is covered by fruit trees – Rambutan, Durian, and Mangoes. But the Durian trees are expected to start yielding their fruits only in 2015.
The farm is registered with the Ministry of Commerce.
Sothy’s Pepper Farm is dedicated not only to produce pepper and other fruits, but we are also committed to share information about our work with our visitors. We provide free Pepper Tours to our visitors in English, but also in Cambodian-Khmer, French, German, Japanese, Spanish, and Vietnamese.
Kampot Pepper is the first Cambodian product to benefit from the World Trade Association status of Protected Geographical Indication, like – to use widely known examples – Champagne from the region of the Champagne in France, or Parma Ham from the Italian town of Parma.
Sothy’s Pepper Farm is a member of the Kampot Pepper Promotion Association. All members follow the guidelines of the French organization EcoCert – we are certified to follow ecologically oriented procedures: we do not use chemical fertilizers, nor do we use chemical insecticides to control some insects which do damage to the pepper plants, but we use specific local plants to make our own insecticides.
Sothy’s Pepper Farm is also following other goals of making use of natural resources: electricity on the farm is produced by solar panels and by a wind turbine.
At present, also a simple bamboo hut thatched with coco palm leaves is being added, in response to the questions by many visitors if there is also the possibility to stay here overnight.