Cambodia's rice exports up 94 pct in 11 months
Advertisement Cambodia's rice exports up 94 pct in 11 months
PHNOM PENH, Dec. 9 (Xinhua) -- Cambodia exported 332,000 tonnes of milled rice in the first eleven months of this year, up 94 percent from a year earlier, according to government data released here Monday.The Southeast Asian nation sold rice to 63 countries and regions, with Poland, France, Malaysia, Thailand, the Netherlands and China as the main buyers.Hean Vanhorn, director of the single window secretariat for facilitating milled rice exports, said the surge in rice exports would encourage farmers and producers to increase productivity and quality so as to compete in international markets ."Cambodian rice now has broader markets overseas," he said. " This is a golden chance for farmers, producers, and exporters to increase rice production and quality in order to meet the needs in international markets."Late last month, Cambodian fragrant rice was awarded the world' s best rice for the second straight year at the global rice tasting competition held in China's Hong Kong.With more than 80 percent of the population being farmers, Cambodia produced 9.31 million tonnes of paddy rice last year. Besides local consumption, it had about 3 million tonnes of milled rice left over for exports this year.The country aims to export 1 million tonnes of milled rice a year from 2015.Last year, it exported 187,115 tonnes of milled rice, earning 132 million U.S. dollars, according to the Ministry of Commerce.
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Japan May Remove Support for Rice Farmers
A proposal from Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's government to remove production quotas and cash payments to rice producers is meeting resistance from small farmers in the country.
Published: Dec 9, 2013 Japan's ruling Liberal Democratic Party has a history of retaining payments to specific interest groups, so this is a significant departure from their typical policies. Domestic agriculture has lagged the industrial sector in adopting new technologies and the current subsidy and quota program have kept small inefficient farms competitive for years as many in the country argue that removal of the program will lower food costs to consumers and reduce government expenses.