Cambodia’s rice export up 2 pct last year

By | January 28, 2015

Cambodia exported 387,061 tons of milled rice in 2014, a 2 percent increase from 378,856 tons in a year earlier, an official report said Thursday.

Cambodian rice has been sold to 57 countries and regions around the world, said the data compiled by the Secretariat of One Window Service for Rice Export.

Five main buyers are France, Poland, Malaysia, China, and the Netherlands.

Kim Savuth, Vice President of the Federation of Cambodian Rice Exporters, said a sluggish growth in rice export was due to fierce competitions with other countries’ rice, especially Vietnam and Thailand.

Cambodia is an agrarian country with some 80 percent of the population being farmers. In 2010, the Southeast Asian country set a goal of exporting 1 million tons of milled rice by 2015. However, Prime Minister Hun Sen admitted last month that the country was unlikely to achieve the self-imposed target due to a lack of milling capacity and funding.

He said the rice export figure in 2014 clearly proved that achieving the 1 million tons target in 2015 is unlikely.