Vietnamese rice exporter face challenges from foreigners in Cambodia

Vietnamese rice exporters will face tough competition from foreign countries looking to exploit advantages that Cambodia presents as a beneficiary of the the EBA (Everything But Arms) initiative, says an Econet report.

Under the EBA, Cambodia, as a least-developed-country, enjoys zero tariffs and no quotas for exporting its farm produce, especially rice, to the EU. Read more of this post

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Building water links from Cambodia to Vietnam

Authorities are planning upgrades to effectively double the capacity of boats travelling from Phnom Penh Autonomous Port to Vietnam, according to port Director General Hei Bavy.

A 2009 agreement with Vietnam authorities allows ships travelling down the Mekong from Cambodia to off-load at Cai Mep deepwater port near Ho Chi Minh City, and re-load onto larger vessels to make the trip overseas. Although the agreement has led to a large increase in shipments from Phnom Penh Autonomous Port (PPAP), experts say more could be done to improve the link. Read more of this post

More competition from Thai rice millers

Thai government proposals to pay above market prices to rice farmers could complicate Cambodia’s goal of becoming a major milled rice exporter, according to industry insiders.

Pheu Thai party leader Yingluck Shinawatra has announced plans to buy rough rice for a guaranteed price of 15,000 baht (US$505) a tonne, more than 50 percent above current rates. Read more of this post

Work on Canadia rice mills begins

Canadia Bank  has begun construction on an US$8 million rice processing facility in Takeo province, aiming to process rice for export to the international market, company officials said.

Set up in the province’s Doun Keo district, the mill will be capable of processing up to 500 tonnes of paddy per day, Canadia Investment Department Manager Rien Samrith said.

“We want to invest in this province because of its potential for agriculture, and we want to push people to produce more rice,” he said.

Construction on the facility began earlier this month, and will be finished by September this year. Read more of this post

Rice traders see room to grow in US market

Cambodian rice imports to the US have increased recently, and producers now say they are seeking to maintain quality standards to continue shipments.

“Cambodian rice was imported into the US before, but the companies couldn’t sustain the quality of rice after the initial shipment,” Phanarith An, who works with rice importer Angkor International, said as a guest on “Hello VOA” Monday. “So customers complained and the companies went out of business.”

“Thanks to state-of-the-art machines and the selection of crops,” he said, “we can now guarantee the consistent quality of our rice.” Read more of this post

Battambang districts facing drought

More than 1,000 families across four districts of Battambang face the prospect of losing their rice crop this year if rain does not arrive by the end of next week, the director of the province’s department of agriculture said yesterday.

“If the rain does not arrive within one week, rice crops will be destroyed in areas of four districts,” Cheam Chansophorn said.

About 10,000 hectares of rice fields are threatened so far, he said. The four districts already facing severe drought in some communes are Kors Kralor, Moung Russei, Thma Koul and Rokak Tivea.  Read more of this post

Chinese firm seeks rice from Cambodia

Chinese agricultural company Sino Grain was in Phnom Penh this week, researching the possibility of importing Cambodian milled rice, according to a ministry statement.

Minister of Commerce Cham Prasidh hosted the company’s director general, Xu Ge Fei, and other Sino Grain delegates yesterday, the ministry said.

“With a population of 100 million, Guangdong requires 1 million tonnes of milled rice per month. So food demand is very high, and requires importing for supply and stock,” Xu Ge Fei was quoted as saying in the statement. Read more of this post

Exports of rice quadruple compared to 2010

Cambodia’s rice export volumes quadrupled in the first half of the year compared to the period 2010, according to statistics from the Ministry of Commerce’s Camcontrol Department.

High domestic average yields, rising international prices, and increased international recognition has led to the growth, Camcontrol statistics office Director Khoun Savuth said yesterday. Read more of this post

Cambodian banks aim to ride agriculture boom

Cambodian banks are hoping that a surge in agricultural investment will bring in the customers they need to take out loans and put to work the cash flooding into the frontier market’s overcrowded banking system.

Cambodia, which is due to open a stock exchange this year, is attracting investment to rural areas as it seeks to move from exporting primary crops to milling rice and packaging seafood to sell abroad.

Foreign donors have vastly expanded rural road networks and firms from Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia and beyond are scrambling to buy land and expand rubber and rice plantations. But while the streets of Phnom Penh are cluttered with bank branches and cash machines, banks have ignored rural areas. Read more of this post

KOGID begins rice shipments to United Arab Emirates

KOGID Cambodia’s first rice shipments to the Middle East were part of an expansion into new markets and agricultural products, company officials said yesterday. 

The South Korean-owned firm this month sent 300 tonnes of rice to United Arab Emirates buyers, and planned to add Russia to its list of destinations next year, KOGID Cambodia sales and marketing manager Seng Sokhom said.

Increased demand from international markets had led to shipments to a wider array of markets such as the UAE, he said. Read more of this post