Cambodia’s rice export reaches 490,000 tonnes

PHNOM PENH (Xinhua) – Cambodia had exported 488,785 tonnes of milled rice in the first nine months of 2020, up 23 per cent over the same period last year, the Cambodia Rice Federation told Xinhua on Saturday.

The Southeast Asian nation earned more than USD328 million in gross revenue from the commodity’s export during the January-September period this year, it said in a statement.

“Within nine months of export this year, China is the lead market, absorbing 35 per cent of overall market destinations, which the amount is 171,896 tonnes, and the European Union is the second lead, absorbing 33 per cent, generating in the amount of 161,614 tonnes,” it said. The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) market also absorbed 67,433 tonnes of the total export amount, the statement said, adding that the kingdom’s milled rice has been shipped to 69 countries and regions across the globe.

Director General of agriculture at the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Ngin Chhay said recently that the COVID-19 pandemic had driven high demand for Cambodian rice.

He forecast that the country’s rice export to the international market is expected to reach at least 800,000 tons in 2020, an estimated rise of 29 percent from 620,106 tonnes
last year.