A plant to process rice for export in Cambodia, which is partnered by Vietnamese and Cambodian companies, started operating in the capital’s outlying area on March 30.

The plant is invested by the Cambodia-Vietnam Foods Company (Cavifoods), which is a joint venture of the Cambodian Development and Investment Joint Stock Company, the Southern Food Corporation and the Green Trade Company.

It has an initial investment capital of 6.8 million USD and a designed processing capacity of 100,000 tonnes of rice for export per year.

The first processing line of the plant is capable of polishing 20,000 tonnes of rice annually while the second line is expected to begin trial operation in May this year.

At the inauguration ceremony, Cambodian officials said they hoped the plant will support Cambodia ’s agricultural sector in realising the goal of exporting 1 million tonnes of rice by 2015.-VNA