Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Milled-rice exports dip 36% in January-April

Milled-rice exports dip 36% in January-April

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
Last year, the Kingdom exported 690,829 tonnes of milled rice worth nearly $539 million, marking an 11.40 per cent surge in volume from 2019, according to the ministry's statistics. Heng Chivoan

Milled-rice exports dip 36% in January-April

Cambodia exported 192,495 tonnes of milled rice in the first four months of this year, representing a 107,757-tonne or 35.89-per-cent drop from the 300,252 tonnes posted in January-April 2020, according to data from the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries.

Fragrant rice accounted for 130,120 tonnes of the exports, or 67.60 per cent, white long-grain rice reached for 59,026 tonnes (30.66 per cent) and long-grain parboiled rice weighed in at 3,349 tonnes (1.74 per cent).

The ministry estimated the value of the exports at nearly $161.7 million.

China remained the largest market for the grain with 104,756 tonnes imported, equivalent to 54.42 per cent of Cambodia's total milled-rice exports.

EU nations imported 42,850 tonnes (22.26 per cent), ASEAN countries purchased 17,483 tonnes (9.08 per cent) and 18 other markets bought 27,406 tonnes (14.24 per cent).

Meanwhile, paddy rice exports to Vietnam reached 1,529,280 tonnes estimated to be worth $221.29 million in January-April, increasing by 73.15 per cent in volume compared to the 883,232 tonnes booked in the same period in 2020.

The Cambodia Rice Federation ascribed the drop in rice exports to a shortage of containers and other barriers to export, especially to target EU markets.

According to the federation, rice storage and shipping costs have risen five-fold over the past five years.

Last year, the Kingdom exported 690,829 tonnes of milled rice worth nearly $539 million, marking an 11.40 per cent surge in volume from 2019, according to the ministry's statistics.

MOST VIEWED

  • PM imposes nationwide Covid restrictions, curfew over Delta scare

    Prime Minister Hun Sen late on July 28 instructed the municipal and provincial authorities nationwide to strictly enforce Covid-19 measures including curfew for two weeks from July 29 midnight through August 12 to stem the new coronavirus Delta variant. The instruction came shortly after he issued a directive

  • Two luxury hotels latest quarantine options for inbound travellers

    The Inter-Ministerial Committee to Combat Covid-19 has designated two luxury hotels as alternative quarantine options for travellers who wish to enter Cambodia through Phnom Penh International Airport – Sokha Phnom Penh Hotel & Residence and the Courtyard by Marriott Phnom Penh. In a notice detailing guidelines issued

  • Provinces on Thai borders put in lockdown amid Delta fears

    The government has decided to place several border provinces in lockdown for two weeks in a bid to prevent the new coronavirus Delta variant spreading further into community. According a directive signed by Prime Minister Hun Sen late on July 28, the provinces include Koh Kong,

  • Visa A holders get to quarantine at Himawari Hotel

    The Ministry of Health has permitted foreign diplomats, UN and International NGO officials to undergo quarantine at Himawari Hotel in the capital in case they do not have a separate place suitable for this purpose, but the government would not be responsible for the expenses.

  • Jabs for kids bring hope for school reopenings

    Cambodia is tentatively planning to reopen schools – at least at the secondary level – when the vaccination of children aged 12-17 is completed, even though daily transmissions and deaths in other age groups remain high. Schools across the country have been suspended since March 20, one month

  • China denies Mekong hacking

    As the US and its allies joined hands last week to expose what they allege to be China’s Ministry of State Security’s malicious cyber activities around the world, the attention also turned to Cambodia with the US Department of Justice claiming that four