Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Local rice producers sell at discount

Local rice producers sell at discount

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
A man carries a bag of rice from a truck in Phnom Penh last week. Hean Rangsey

Local rice producers sell at discount

A number of Cambodia Rice Federation (CRF) member companies have reduced retail prices of milled rice by 10,000-20,000 riel ($2.50-5) per 50kg sack to participate in government efforts to improve people’s livelihoods during the ongoing two-week coronavirus lockdown in Phnom Penh and adjacent Takhmao town in Kandal province.

The discounts provided by the as-of-now seven retail depots will depend on the type and quality of the rice in stock, and continue “until the situation eases”, the CRF said in a press release on April 18.

"More members of the federation will join in after new milled-rice stock, staff and workers are allowed to travel across restricted areas," the federation said.

CRF listed some of the locations of the depots as the Borey Rith area in Russey Keo district’s Russey Keo commune, just south of the Sakyamuni Stupa near the train station in Daun Penh district’s Srah Chak commune, near Prey Chrey Market in Dangkor district’s Prek Kampeus commune, and in Snor commune of Phnom Penh’s westernmost Kambol district.

The move comes on the heels of an April 15 joint statement from the CRF and Green Trade Company – a state-owned enterprise under the Ministry of Commerce – allaying public concerns about food security, affirming that there is currently no shortage of milled rice in the Kingdom.

The statement said Cambodia has sufficient stockpile of milled rice, with more than 2.5 million hectares of wet paddy having been harvested in January and nearly one million hectares of dry paddy, of which more than 90 per cent has been harvested.

It said the supplies were safe and could readily fulfil domestic demand, leaving a surplus of rice to export until the next harvest season.

In the statement, they noted that the milled rice stocks they have released for sale at base prices are available in various locations from the city centre down to the outskirts.

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,”

  • General’s gun smuggling ring busted

    The Military Police sent six military officers to court on November 22 to face prosecution for possession of 105 illegal rifles and arms smuggling, while investigators say they are still hunting down additional accomplices. Sao Sokha, deputy commander of the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces and commander of

  • 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

  • More Cambodians studying in US

    The number of Cambodian students studying at US colleges and universities in 2020-21 increased by 14.3 per cent over the previous year despite the Covid-19 pandemic, according to a recent US government report. The 2021 Open Doors report on International Educational Exchange showed that 848 Cambodian students studied

  • Banteay Meanchey gunfight sees 15 Thais arrested, three officers injured

    The Banteay Meanchey Military Police have arrested 15 Thai suspects and their accomplices after a gun battle between two Thai groups caused injuries to three police officers in the early hours of November 21, local authorities said. National Military Police spokesman Eng Hy said that according to

  • PM: Do not defile Tonle Sap swamp forest or else

    Prime Minister Hun Sen ordered police to arrest anyone – including government officials – involved with the deforestation of the flooded forests surrounding the Tonle Sap Lake because it is an area important to the spawning of many species of fish, among other reasons. Speaking in a