Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Exports of rice to fall short of 2013 goal

Exports of rice to fall short of 2013 goal

Exports of rice to fall short of 2013 goal

Cambodia's rice exports roughly doubled in the first nine months of this year compared with the same period in 2012, according to government data released yesterday. But the figures aren’t big enough to meet official goals for 2013.

The numbers show that exports of fragrant rice and ordinary white rice each accounted for about half of the 266,123 tonnes that shipped out from January through September.

The figures are set to fall short of the Cambodian government’s planned 500,000 tonnes in 2013, a goal which in turn represents half of the one million tonnes per year that officials hope to export by 2015.

“Our production is getting better, and our rice is more recognised at the market,” said Kim Savuth, president of the Federation of Cambodian Rice Exporters and head of the company Khmer Food. “I predict that export quantity will reach 350,000 tonnes by the end of this year.”

With 39,568 tonnes of exports, Amru Rice Cambodia was the leading company during the period, followed by Khmer Food and Golden Rice Cambodia, with 35,519 and 23,945 tonnes, respectively.

Poland received 43,375 tonnes, making the Eastern European nation the largest importer of Cambodian rice. France brought in the second-biggest share, followed by trading partners Malaysia, Thailand and the Netherlands.

Van David Vichet, deputy secretary general of the Alliance of Rice Producers and Exporters of Cambodia (ARPEC), said the 500,000-tonne target might be out of reach with so little time left in the year. He explained that, on average, Cambodia exports 30,000 tonnes per month. With only three months left of 2013, the numbers aren’t adding up to 500,000.

“We can reach about 360,000 tonnes, or in the best case we can export 400,000 tonnes by the end of this year,” he said.

MOST VIEWED

  • Prince Norodom Ranariddh passes away at 77

    Prince Norodom Ranariddh, the second son of the late King Father Norodom Sihanouk and former First Prime Minister of Cambodia, has passed away in France at the age of 77. “Samdech Krom Preah Norodom Ranariddh has passed away this morning in France just after 9am Paris-time,”

  • Cambodia purchases 4 million Molnupiravir tablets

    Cambodia has arranged for the purchase of four million US-made Molnupiravir pills – enough to treat 100,000 Covid-19 patients – even though the current rate of daily infections in Cambodia remains low. The medicine will be distributed to state hospitals, pharmacies and private clinics, according to the Samdech

  • Rise in planned flights lifts travel hopes

    Six airlines have applied to resume flights in December, while two others have put in for additional flights and routes, according to State Secretariat of Civil Aviation (SSCA) head Mao Havannall on November 29. These account for 43 new weekly domestic and international flights in December, up 16

  • Is Cambodia’s travel sector in for another cheerless holiday season?

    The travel and tourism sector was heaving back to life as borders started to reopen, promising a festive vibe for the holidays and New Year. But Omicron and other Covid-related issues are threatening to close the year on a bleak note ‘Seems [like] Covid-19 won’

  • Cambodia, Thailand to discuss border reopening

    Cambodian authorities from provinces along the Cambodia-Thailand border will meet with Thai counterparts to discuss reopening border checkpoints to facilitate travel, transfer of products and cross-border trade between the two countries. Banteay Meanchey provincial deputy governor Ly Sary said on November 22 that the provincial administration

  • Cambodia planning new border checkpoint at Thma Da

    Cambodia is looking into the possibility of opening a new Thma Da Border Checkpoint with Thailand to boost trade and tourism. The Ministry of Public Works and Transport said on December 4 that Minister of Public Works and Transport Sun Chanthol led a technical working group