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Cambodia seals rice export deal in Senegal

In Uncategorized on November 11, 2008 at 2:29 am

Phnom Penh (VNA) – Cambodia has signed an agreement to sell 120,000 tonnes of rice to Senegal in 2009 – the first time it has exported rice to Africa since the 1960s, the Phnom Penh Post reported on November 10.

“Africa is a potential market for Cambodian rice as it demands a lower quality product than Western countries,” President of the National Rice Millers Association of Cambodia (NRMAC) Tes Ethda was cited as saying.

According to the agency, which represents nine rice-producing provinces, Cambodia has reached an agreement to supply Senegal with 10,000 tonnes of rice each month for a period of one year, although the country is currently inspecting samples of the rice. Exports are expected to begin next year, Tes Ethda said.

The UN Development Programme, a number of Francophone countries, the international trade centre and the Ministry of Commerce are all encouraging NRMAC to export rice.

Cambodia’s Commerce Ministry said that Senegal needs to import approximately 900,000 tonnes of rice a year because domestic production meets less than a third of demand.

Cambodia is likely to achieve its rice production goal of 7 million tonnes by year’s end, a slight increase from the 6.7 million tonnes reported last year. The Asian country expects to have a surplus of 2.6 million tonnes of rice this year, up from about two million tonnes in 2007, according to the Ministry of Agriculture.-

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