Socfin KCD & Coviphama

Having been active in Southeast Asia at the beginning of the last century, the Socfin Group recommenced operations in the early 2000's in Cambodia, a country where rubber cultivation remains a firmly established tradition today.

The creation of the Chup plantation, which was to become one of the largest in the world by the 1960s, dates back to 1922. In the late 1970s, all Cambodian plantations were nationalised under the Khmer Rouge. Subsequently, Cambodia’s involvement in the Vietnam War had a devastating effect on the country’s plantations and agriculture in general. Large companies operating in the agricultural sector such as Terres Rouges and the Socfin Group lost all their concessions in Indochina.

In the early 2000s, the Socfin Group, which was keen to start diversifying geographically in Asia, recommenced operations in Cambodia. Its strategy was to implement a project of partnerships with smallholders.

A period of intense prospecting began, leading in 2007 to the creation of Socfin KCD and the obtaining of a first concession in the Mondulkiri region, and then of a second in 2010. A new concession, Coviphama, has been purchased in 2013. Today, the plantations are developing fast, and a modern rubber factory will be launched in 2018.

Since its creation, Socfin KCD has attached particular importance to the life of the local people, the Phnongs. In order to protect the local culture and customs, Socfin has defined conservation areas for cemeteries, sacred forests and so on within the plantation.
The Group is also working to develop social facilities and industrial infrastructure in the plantation.

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