Cambodia exported more than 2.06 million tonnes of milled and paddy rice worth nearly $616 million in the first half of 2022, up by 4.41 per cent by volume and 19.18 per cent by value on a yearly basis, the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries reported.
The report, compiled by the ministry’s General Directorate of Agriculture based on figures from the National Phytosanitary Database, said paddy exports – exclusively to Vietnam – amounted to 1,733,157 tonnes, up by 2.38 per cent year-on-year from 1,692,813 tonnes, valued at $336,232,458, up by 20.38 per cent from $279,314,145 in January-June 2021. Of that, 1,142,175 tonnes (65.90 per cent) were accompanied by phytosanitary certificates.
The average per-kilogramme value of the paddy exported over the period was 19.40 US cents, up by 17.58 per cent from 16.50 US cents in the corresponding period last year.
Meanwhile, milled rice exports reached 327,200 tonnes, up by 16.67 per cent year-on-year compared to 280,450 tonnes, to the tune of $279,756,000, up by 17.77 per cent from $237,541,150 in January-June 2021. The average per-kilogramme value of the milled rice exported over the first half was 85.50 US cents, up by 0.94 per cent from 84.70 US cents in the corresponding period last year.
Breaking down the milled rice exports by category, fragrant varieties accounted for the largest share at 207,271 tonnes or 63.35 per cent, followed by white rice types (113,617 tonnes; 34.72 per cent) and parboiled grains (6,312 tonnes; 1.93 per cent).
China was the biggest buyer of Cambodian milled rice over the January-June period, at 168,280 tonnes, representing a 17.44 per cent year-on-year increase, followed by 23 EU countries (98,624 tonnes; up 46.90 per cent) and four ASEAN countries (28,680 tonnes; up 5.69 per cent), while 23 other countries and territories imported 31,616 tonnes, down by 26.28 per cent.
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Author: Hin pisei
Source: The Phnom Penh Post
Publication date: 11 July 2022