Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Battambang facility soon to start drying rice

Battambang facility soon to start drying rice

Farmers prepare to plant rice seedlings in Kampot province in 2015.
Farmers prepare to plant rice seedlings in Kampot province in 2015. Pha Lina

Battambang facility soon to start drying rice

A massive centralised rice drying facility in Battambang province being developed by Thaneakea Srov (Kampuchea) Plc will soon be operational, while its adjacent rice storage operations are on track to be completed early next year, the CEO of the company said yesterday.

Construction on both facilities began earlier this year when the firm inked contracts with three companies to help build its 200,000-tonne capacity silo and its drying facility capable of processing 3,000 tonnes of paddy rice a day. Thaneakea Srov first received a low-interest $15 million loan from the state-run Rural Development Bank in January.

While the drying facility is nearly prepared to open its doors, the silo isn’t expected to open for several more months, according to CEO Phou Puy.

“Our drying machines are being tested now, and we will start full operations at our drying facility after days of testing,” he said.

“The entire project will hopefully be complete by April of next year, when our storage facility is complete,” he said, adding that construction was 60 percent finished.

The completion of the storage facility is expected to help struggling rice farmers to secure orders by having a dedicated storage site while ensuring that the quality of rice is sustained throughout the harvest season, said Hean Vanhan, undersecretary of state at the Ministry of Agriculture.

“The project will benefit rice farmers because it will stabilise the price and quality of rice during the harvest season,” he said. “Farmers will face less stress during harvest season as a result.”

MOST VIEWED

  • Prince injured, wife dies after accident

    THE wife of former First Prime Minister Prince Norodom Ranariddh, Ouk Phalla, 39, died while the prince was “severely” injured following a road accident in Preah Sihanouk province’s Prey Nub district on Sunday morning, officials said. Rananriddh, who is also the president of the Funcinpec

  • Guards protest dismissals, reject claims of sharing naked photos of child

    Some 20 former security guards at the US Embassy in Phnom Penh protested on Tuesday against their dismissal. They accused their employers of falsely claiming they had viewed and shared child pornography from their mobile phones as grounds for their termination. In total, 32 personnel were dismissed

  • Bun Heang mocks US, threatens its citizens in scathing open letter

    After being hit with sanctions from the US Department of Treasury, Cambodian General Hing Bun Heang said he would retaliate against any US national who does not respect his country’s sovereignty, has ambitions to invade Cambodia or incites “traitors” in the Kingdom to do

  • Funcinpec urges probe into deadly Preah Sihanouk accident

    THE Funcinpec party has urged the government, especially the Ministry of Interior, to investigate the traffic accident in Preah Sihanouk province which left Prince Norodom Ranariddh badly injured and his wife Ouk Phalla dead. Funcinpec Vice President You Hokry told reporters at Botum Votey pagoda,