Vietnamese firm builds Cambodia's largest fertilizer plant

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Ho Chi Minh City-based Five Star Group inaugurated the Cambodian Five Star International Fertilizer Co., Ltd, the largest fertilizer plant in Cambodia, on December 25, news website Vietnamplus reported.

The plant, work on which began in December 2009, is located in Keansvay District, Kandal Province.

The US$65 million plant has a capacity of around 300,000 tons of NPK per year, or 50 percent of the country's needs, Tran Van Muoi, general director of Five Star, said.

The factory, thought to be the most modern in Southeast Asia, employs around 400 workers.

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen hailed the project, saying the Vietnamese investors had built the largest and most modern fertilizer factory in Cambodia in just three years.

He conferred on the Five Star Group the Order of National Merit of Cambodia, type 1.

The group has gone from being a small fertilizer distributor 20 years ago to a large company with interests in property, hotel services, financial investment, and trading.

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