Agriculture and Economy in Cambodia - news clippings first quarter 2015

The Cambodian agriculture sector has received a lot of attention in the first quarter of 2015. We have made a short selection of some key press and online articles that you may find relevant. Please find the links and follow on to read the excerpts below:

Inclusive business: a viable option for cassava farmers

Cambodia targets double organic rice exports this year

Cambodia's rubber exports up 33 pct last year - Feb. 7 2015 - Xinhua

Cambodia exports 35.921 tons of rice in January 2015, up 67% y/y down 30% m/m - Feb 9 2015 - Oryza

2014-15 Rice Exports estimated increase  - January 20 2015 - Oryza

Million-Ton Rice Export Goal Remains Elusive - January 19 2015 - Phnom Penh Post

First Cassava Shipment of Major Deal Leaves Port - JANUARY 5, 2015 - Phnom Penh Post

 

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Inclusive business: a viable option for cassava farmers:

SNV in Lao PDR has been partnering with CIAT in Champassak and Salavan Provinces to support an inclusive business model for the farming of cassava. The IBC project has been operating since 2013, and has seen an increasing number of smallholder farmers and local enterprises benefitting from the business model introduced by SNV. In total for the years 2013 and 2014, there were 47 target villages with 2,275 heads of household registered as the members of the project.

Previously, traditional cassava cultivation practices produced low yields, with small roots, and farmers found it difficult to access the market. The IBC project intervention has included raising awareness of farmers, farmer group formation, cassava production techniques training, and cassava sales. Smallholder farmers who participate in the project are able to benefit from increased capacity and skills in farming as well as support from a business standpoint. The project is working to create close relationships between these farmers and local enterprises and processors. Since the project began, it has strengthened the relationship between buyers and producers and built a greater awareness of all of the opportunities that exist along the cassava value chain.

This intervention is part of a multi-country project, also operating in Vietnam and Cambodia, supported by IFAD. See what local farmers and businesspeople participating in the IBC project have to say firsthand by watching our video on the project...

Cambodia targets double organic rice exports this year

Cambodia is aiming to double up it organic rice exports to 1,000 tonnes in 2015, according to official sources. Organic rice exports still command only a fraction of Cambodia’s overall rice exports, which totalled 380,000 tonnes of rice in 2014, authorities revealed. The Cambodian Centre for Study and Development in Agriculture (Cedac), one of the country’s two organic rice exporters, had sold 540 tonnes of fragant organic rice in 2014, a 20 per cent increase from 2013, and said that Cambodia had plans to double the figure this year. “We are aiming to export 1,000 tonnes this year to fill the demand that we see in the international market,” Cedac official Sou Sarorn told Phnom Penh Post...

Cambodia's rubber exports up 33 pct last year - Feb. 7 2015 - Xinhua

Cambodia recorded a 33 percent rise in dry rubber exports volume in 2014, but the revenue decreased by 8 percent due to a plunge in global rubber price, according to figures from the Ministry of Commerce on Saturday. Last year, the Southeast Asian country exported 97,800 tons of dry rubber, up 33 percent from 73,550 tons in a year earlier, the figures showed. The revenue from the exports stood at 155 million U.S. dollars last year, down 8 percent from 169 million U.S. dollars in 2013...

Cambodia exports 35.921 tons of rice in January 2015, up 67% y/y down 30% m/m - Feb 9 2015 - Oryza

2014-15 Rice Exports estimated increase  - January 20 2015 - Oryza 

FAO estimates Cambodia's MY 2014-15 rice exports to increase about 15% to 1.15 million tons with cereals (including rice) to increase by about 9% to 1.5 million tons...

Million-Ton Rice Export Goal Remains Elusive - JANUARY 19, 2015 - Phnom Penh Post

This was meant to be a milestone year for Cambodia’s rice industry, with the government aiming to export 1 million tons of the country’s staple crop by the end of 2015. But with milled rice exports reaching just 387,061 tons in 2014, up a mere 2.2 percent from 378,856 tons in 2013, according the Agriculture Ministry, the government has revised down its expectations for this year. And industry experts say major hurdles must be overcome if the country is to hit the ambitious export target in the years to come...

 

First Cassava Shipment of Major Deal Leaves Port - JANUARY 5, 2015 - Phnom Penh Post

The first shipment of cassava in a major deal between a subsidiary of Chinese biofuel firm Henan Tianguan Group and a Cambodian logistics company left Cambodia on Friday, according to the local firm. The multimillion-dollar deal could potentially more than double last year’s total cassava exports to China.

The agreement, signed in November, would see Advanced Glory Logistics (AGL) supply 150,000 tons of cassava in 2015 and is the first time Tianguan Global Cassava Processing Co. Ltd.—whose parent company, Henan Tianguan Group, is one of four nationally appointed ethanol producers in China—has sought to buy cassava chips directly from a Cambodian firm, according to AGL project manager Siek Hun....