Cambodia’s rice exports up 94% in 11 months

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rice export cambodia1Cambodia exported 332,000 tonnes of milled rice in the first eleven months of 2013, up 94 per cent from a year earlier, according to government data released in Phnom Penh on December 9.

The Southeast Asian nation sold rice to 63 countries and regions, with Poland, France, Malaysia, Thailand, the Netherlands and China as the main buyers, Xinhua reported.

Hean Vanhorn, director of the single window secretariat for facilitating milled rice exports, said the surge in rice exports would encourage farmers and producers to increase productivity and quality so as to compete in international markets.

“Cambodian rice now has broader markets overseas,” he said. ” This is a golden chance for farmers, producers, and exporters to increase rice production and quality in order to meet the needs in international markets.”

Late last month, Cambodian fragrant rice was awarded the world’ s best rice for the second straight year at the global rice tasting competition held in Hong Kong.

With more than 80 per cent of the population being farmers, Cambodia produced 9.31 million tonnes of paddy rice last year. Besides local consumption, it had about 3 million tonnes of milled rice left over for exports this year.

The country aims to export 1 million tonnes of milled rice a year from 2015. In 2012, it exported 187,115 tonnes of milled rice, earning $132 million, according to the Ministry of Commerce.

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Cambodia exported 332,000 tonnes of milled rice in the first eleven months of 2013, up 94 per cent from a year earlier, according to government data released in Phnom Penh on December 9.

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rice export cambodia1Cambodia exported 332,000 tonnes of milled rice in the first eleven months of 2013, up 94 per cent from a year earlier, according to government data released in Phnom Penh on December 9.

The Southeast Asian nation sold rice to 63 countries and regions, with Poland, France, Malaysia, Thailand, the Netherlands and China as the main buyers, Xinhua reported.

Hean Vanhorn, director of the single window secretariat for facilitating milled rice exports, said the surge in rice exports would encourage farmers and producers to increase productivity and quality so as to compete in international markets.

“Cambodian rice now has broader markets overseas,” he said. ” This is a golden chance for farmers, producers, and exporters to increase rice production and quality in order to meet the needs in international markets.”

Late last month, Cambodian fragrant rice was awarded the world’ s best rice for the second straight year at the global rice tasting competition held in Hong Kong.

With more than 80 per cent of the population being farmers, Cambodia produced 9.31 million tonnes of paddy rice last year. Besides local consumption, it had about 3 million tonnes of milled rice left over for exports this year.

The country aims to export 1 million tonnes of milled rice a year from 2015. In 2012, it exported 187,115 tonnes of milled rice, earning $132 million, according to the Ministry of Commerce.

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