Cambodia works to enhance competitiveness of rice export hinh anh 1A worker stacks sacks of paddy in Kandal province.(Photo:
Phnom Penh (VNA) – The Cambodian Ministry of Commerce and relevant agencies have reviewed a study on rice export cost in a bid to enhance the competitiveness of the country’s rice export.

Secretary of State at Cambodia’s Ministry of Commerce Sok Sopheak chaired the discussion with representatives from the Cambodia Agriculture Value Chain Programme (CAVAC) and Cambodia Rice Federation on May 13.

The project on Cambodian rice production and export cost study was proposed by the Ministry of Commerce with technical and financial support from the CAVAC.

It is aimed to identify and eliminate challenges as well as explore the possibility of strengthening the current competitiveness of the Cambodian rice sector.

The study particularly focused on the sector’s competitiveness by analysing the value chain of the sector to target European countries and other nations.

At the event, Sopheak called on relevant agencies to join hands to tackle perennial challenges on electricity prices and high transport costs, thereby boosting the country’s rice export in the coming time.

In the first four months of this year, Cambodia exported 300,252 tonnes of rice to foreign markets, a year-on-year surge of 48 percent./.