Cambodia: rice supply, prices remain stable despite COVID-19 outbreak hinh anh 1Cambodian rice (Source: phnompenhpost)

Phnom Penh (VNA) – An increase in the supply of milled rice in the Cambodian market has helped stabilise prices, in the context that the country faces the threat of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the Cambodia Rice Federation (CRF) and the Green Trade Company.

In early March, a significant number of people were reported to be stockpiling staple goods like rice in fear that the outbreak of the novel coronavirus could lead to shortages.

CRF Vice President Chan Sokheang said that to prevent shortages of important commodities like rice, the government and the private sector are working together to increase shipments of the grain to local shops by 100 to 500 tonnes.

Sales of rice are still strong and the price stable, he stated, adding that people can buy rice at the Green Trade Company, a state-owned enterprise with branches in Phnom Penh’s Daun Penh and Russey Keo districts.

In a recent press release, the CRF urged the public to avoid panic buying./.