The Kingdom exported 2,793,729.92 tonnes of cassava in 2021, up by nearly 22.1 per cent from a year earlier, as industry players note that domestic wholesale prices of the tubers remain elevated compared with average 2020 rates.
Analysed by category, the Kingdom shipped out 1,644,591.68 tonnes of dried cassava (up 8.45 per cent year-on-year), 1,104,220 tonnes of fresh roots (up 52.6 per cent), 35,862.74 tonnes of starch (up 2.66 per cent) and 9,054.50 tonnes of pulp (down 33.06 per cent), according to Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries data released on January 13.
Chan Muoy, cassava trader and owner of a silo in Battambang province’s northwesternmost Sampov Loun district, told The Post that the market for fresh and dried cassava was stronger than in 2020.
She said the per-tonne rate of dried cassava had risen by nearly 100,000 riel ($24.50) from average 2020 levels to the current 760,000-790,000 riel range, while fresh roots jumped from around 300,000 riel last year to some 330,000 riel now.
The price hike was due in part to a surge in Chinese demand for Cambodian cassava, driven by insufficient supplies from Thailand, according to Muoy.
“There’s lots of demand from the Chinese, and they want superior cassava, so they require us to dry it well before they offer us large sums to ship back to their country,” she said, suggesting a general improvement in quality over 2020 crops.
Em Sophoan, another silo owner and cassava trader in the same district, noted that production last year was similar to 2020 levels when the Kingdom was struck by a series of floods that damaged or destroyed swathes of crops.
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Author: Hom Phanet
Source: The Phnom Penh Post
Publication date: 17 January 2022