Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Preah Vihear organic rice farming gets boost

Preah Vihear organic rice farming gets boost

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
Milled-rice exports clocked in at more than 620,000 tonnes last year, piling on 15.24 per cent from the 538,000 tonnes logged in 2015. YOUSOS APDOULRASHIM

Preah Vihear organic rice farming gets boost

Leading local rice miller and exporter Amru Rice (Cambodia) Co Ltd this year plans to buy 15,000 tonnes of organic paddy from communities in Preah Vihear province on a contract farming basis.

Specifically targeting Phka Romduol and premium white rice varieties, the company on November 14 said it will offer growers in areas frequented by traders a 15-30 per cent premium over market value, which it evaluated as an extra 170-250 riel (4.21-8.43 US cents) per kg.

Phka Romduol paddy will be purchased at 1,270-1,550 riel ($0.31-0.38) per kg, it said, underscoring that organic paddy reaps in higher revenue than conventional varieties.

“The communities that strike contracts with the company will not only gain market sustainability and revenue, but will also be able to receive training on various soft skills and practices,” Amru Rice said.

The rice miller said it began its organic paddy project in the province back in 2014 with eight initial communities, which has since risen to 22.

“Contract farming with communities will help ensure quality objectives and standards are met and secure markets for them,” it said.

Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Veng Sakhon on November 27 noted that the provincial Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries and Preah Vihear Meanchey Union of Agricultural Cooperative (PMUAC), a partner of Amru Rice, helped set the reference price for the organic paddy.

“Contract farming will help reinforce organic standards, cultivation techniques, business plan write-up, financial records and management,” he said.

According to the provincial agriculture department, 33 agricultural communities across the province have entered contract farming agreements with four private companies to supply 22,195 tonnes of organic paddy.

Listing the companies as Amru Rice, Signatures of Asia Co Ltd, Golden Rice (Cambodia) Co Ltd and Saravan Kampong Thom, the department noted that the communities comprise 6,197 households and cover 20,296ha.

Milled-rice exports clocked in at more than 620,000 tonnes last year, piling on 15.24 per cent from the 538,000 tonnes logged in 2015, according to the ministry.

MOST VIEWED

  • ‘Kingdom one of safest to visit in Covid-19 era’

    The Ministry of Tourism on January 12 proclaimed Cambodia as one of the safest countries to visit in light of the Kingdom having been ranked number one in the world by the Senegalese Economic Prospective Bureau for its success in handling the Covid-19 pandemic. In rankings

  • Ministry mulls ASEAN+3 travel bubble

    The Ministry of Tourism plans to launch a travel bubble allowing transit between Cambodia and 12 other regional countries in a bid to resuscitate the tourism sector amid crushing impact of the ongoing spread of Covid-19, Ministry of Tourism spokesman Top Sopheak told The Post on

  • Courts’ decisions now published as reference source

    The Ministry of Justice has published 44 verdicts from civil litigation cases which can be used as models for court precedents and for study by the public and those who work in pertinent fields. Publication of the verdicts on December 31 came as the result of joint

  • Reeling in Cambodia’s real estate sector

    A new norm sets the scene but risks continue to play out in the background A cold wind sweeps through the streets of Boeung Trabek on an early January morning as buyers and traders engage in commerce under bright blue skies. From a distance, the

  • Quarantine site in north Phnom Penh inaugurated

    A four-building quarantine centre in Phnom Penh’s Prek Pnov district was formally inaugurated on January 6. The centre can house up to 500 people, according to Phnom Penh municipal governor Khuong Sreng. At the inauguration ceremony, Sreng said the municipal hall had cooperated with the Ministry

  • China firm to develop Mondulkiri airport

    Tourism to the Kingdom’s northeast corridor could experience a remarkable metamorphosis after the government decided in principle of a Chinese company to study and develop a proposal to build a regional-level airport in Mondulkiri province, according to industry insiders. The Council of Ministers said