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Gov’t seeks input on new rice standards

Rice is harvested from a field using a small harvest machine in Tbong Khmum province earlier this year.
Rice is harvested from a field using a small harvest machine in Tbong Khmum province earlier this year. Heng Chivoan

Gov’t seeks input on new rice standards

The Institute of Standards of Cambodia (ISC) is soliciting feedback from local stakeholders as it prepares to launch two new standards for the rice industry, the country’s most important agricultural sector.

The ISC is giving the public until June 30 to comment on its proposed national standards for the production and trade of two premium rice varieties – phka rumduol and phka chansensar – Chheng Uddara, director of the ISC’s standards development, training and consultancy department, said yesterday.

“We want to give one last chance to those who want to alter, add or reject any point in the draft standards of these two rice varieties,” he said.

He said that specifications were developed for the two rice varieties because of their high local and international demand.

“The standard provides a clearer identify on the rice and will help support quality assurance and promote exports,” he said, adding that the draft standards would be adopted in July if no amendments were required.

The draft standards identify each variety’s distinct characteristics, including its unique shape, texture, scent and cooking properties.

They also set requirements for hygiene, packaging and trademarks.

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