Commerce Minister Cham Prasidh yesterday signed an agreement with Indonesia’s Trade Minister Gita Wijrawan to export 100,000 tons of milled rice to Indonesia every year, officials said.
Although the details-such as when the exports will begin and where the rice will be sourced-have yet to be negotiated, the deal is considered an important step toward reaching the government’s target of exporting 1 million tons of milled rice by 2015, said Thon Vira, general director of Green Trade Co., a state-owned rice exporter. …
If exported, the 100,000 tons represents more than half of all the milled rice Cambodia sent abroad during all of last year, when 170,000 tons were exported. …
Still, Indonesia is expected to have surplus of 5.5 million tons of milled rice this year and, therefore, it is uncertain how much demand there will be for imports.
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Green Trade, a state-owned, milled-rice exporter, had not been updated on a government-to-government rice deal with the Philippines despite recent media reports that claimed a deal was near. …
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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…The plan to build a modern rice mill near Phnom Penh announced by a Viet Nam-Cambodia joint venture nearly two years ago has made no progress. Complicated formalities have been blamed for the delays in building a plant that aimed to process rice for export supplied by Cambodian farmers.
Cambodia-Viet Nam Foods Co (Cavifoods) – a joint venture between Viet Nam’s Southern Food Corp (Vinafood II) and two Cambodian firms – International Development Co (IDCC) and Green Trade Co, was established in October 2009 with a registered capital of US$8 million.