Cambodia’s rice export up 17pc in 10 months, China remains top market

PHNOM PENH (XINHUA) – Cambodia exported 536,305 metric tonnes of milled rice in the first 10 months of 2020, up 17 per cent over the same period last year, Agriculture Minister Veng Sakhon told Xinhua yesterday.

China remained the top buyer, he said, adding that the kingdom shipped 194,451 tonnes of milled rice to China during the January-October period this year, up five per cent over the same period last year, and China accounted for 36 per cent of the country’s total rice export.

The country also exported 174,391 tonnes to the European market during the period, up 12 per cent, he said, adding that European market represented 32.5 per cent of the kingdom’s total rice export.

“Overall, our rice exports to all destinations during the first 10 months of this year were on the rise,” the minister said, adding that the Southeast Asian nation has sold rice to 60 countries and regions.

Secretary general of the Cambodia Rice Federation Lun Yeng told Xinhua that China is a huge market for Cambodian rice and the kingdom is expected to export around 250,000 tonnes to China by the end of this year.

Director General of Agriculture at the Ministry of Agriculture Ngin Chhay said recently that the COVID-19 pandemic had driven high demand for Cambodian rice, projecting that the country’s rice export to the international market is expected to reach 800,000 tonnes in 2020.