Cambodia Becomes the Place for Rice Export

Recently, we see North Korea and Thailand’s delegation came to Cambodia to discuss the possibilities of rice from Cambodia. Now Dubai’s delegation visited Cambodia for rice export too. See the report from:


‘Rice Dubai 2011’ sees Dubai as thriving re-export market

(Staff Report)
1 September 2011
DUBAI — The Founding Committee of Rice Dubai 2011 is led by a businessman in Dubai, Dr Faisal Ali Mousa who will lead a core delegation to Cambodia in the first week of September to explore the possibilities of the Royal Government of Cambodia entering the export market to impact positively the rice export market and rice re-export market from UAE to the rest of the world.The delegation will meet with Royal Government of Cambodia’s key officials in the Ministry of Commerce. Rice Dubai 2011 Chairman, Dr Faisal Ali Mousa,  said: ‘The delegation looks forward to meet with  Seun Sotha, Advisor – Ministry of Commerce and  Dr Cham Prasidhi, Senior Minister of Commerce of Cambodia.

“It is expected that Dr Cham Prasidh, Senior Minister of Commerce of Cambodia will preside over a Press meeting to encourage Cambodia’s participation in Rice Dubai 2011.”  Dony Cyril, Project Manager, RICE Dubai 2011,  said: “Rice Dubai 2011 is a concept of exhibition, which is scheduled for November 3, 4 and 5, 2011 at Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai, to bring together global players from the rice producing and exporting markets to benchmark new business thoughts and impact effectively the reach of rice to its consuming markets.The initiative could not have come at a better time, than now, when the world is screaming ‘food crisis’ or ‘famine’.”

The UAE is top re-exporter of rice in the world and its feasible logistical location in the world map as well as its very accommodating Export-Import Trade Laws makes re-export easy from Dubai ports. Keeping with the need for rice exports to be increased from Cambodia, the Royal Government of Cambodia in 2010 axed its rice export licenses to exporters. —

Country’s Prime Minister Hun Sen issued a new order in this regard to replace an old order of 2008 and introduced the Green Trade Permit. This initiative was taken to sell more than 200 tonnes of the grain.

According to International Business Times, ‘ Agriculture is central to Cambodia’s socio-economic development, contributing nearly 33 percent to the country’s GDP. Eighty-five percent of the population lives in rural areas and agriculture is the primary source of livelihood for the rural poor.  This sector has become stable and less dependent on natural changes because of the advances in irrigation scheme and application of agricultural technologies.

Cambodia has been successful with rice production during the last decade, producing 7.58 million tons in 2009, of which the country has another surplus of about 3.5 million tons for export. Cambodia’s rice cultivated area could be expanded up to 3.5 million hectares from 2.6 million hectares. This could help the country reach a potential harvest of 12.25 million tons of rice.

The vision of the Royal Government of Cambodia (RGC) is to transform the country into a rice basket making it a major rice exporting country in the global market. In this regard, the RGC has set the year 2015 as the target to achieve paddy surplus of more than 4 million tons and achieve rice export of at least 1 million ton.

The RGC has planned a number of programs and activities to increase rice production to make Cambodia one of the major rice exporting countries in the near future. To address the climate change problem, Cambodia needs to increase its adaptive capacity to climate change and develop more climate resiliency programs.

FAO sounds fresh birdflu alert

31 August 2011

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KOLKATA/NEW DELHI, 31 AUG: The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) says that Indo-Gangetic plain and West Bengal are to be considered at the highest risk of H5N1 and Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI).
This comes after FAO has warned India of a possible resurgence of H5N1 (better known as birdflu) and the recent outbreaks of the disease in many other countries in Asia. “All chickens have to be considered susceptible. However, the poultry being raised in Indo-Gangetic plain is at higher risk as the disease is entrenched in this region. The areas with previous history of HPAI outbreaks and areas where animal movements and trading have taken place, including West Bengal, would be considered at high risk,” says Dr Wantanee Kalpravidh, FAO Regional Coordinator for Asia and the Pacific.
India notified the last outbreak of avian influenza (H5N1) in Tripura in February 2011 and nothing thereafter. In early 2008, the disease had spread to more than half of West Bengal after the H5N1 strain was first confirmed in dead chickens. At least 2.2 million birds were slaughtered to control the outbreak. The government of India has just declared itself free from Notifiable Avian Influenza since July 2011.
Dr Kalpravidh said that so far the government has not adopted the vaccination policy and the strategy being used is early detection and rapid response to any disease outbreak. Procedures for outbreak containment would be culling of diseased and exposed flocks. Improvement of biosecurity at poultry farms and market has been included in the national strategy, he added. “The government of India is giving its best attention to improve biosecurity system of poultry farms and strengthen their systems to early detect and respond to any outbreak that might occur,” he said.
FAO chief veterinary officer Mr Juan Lubroth said in a report that the government of six Asian countries, including India, should focus on preparedness and surveillance to tackle the possible outbreak. There were signs that a mutant strain of the deadly virus, with unpredictable risks to human health, is spreading in Asia and beyond. Apart from India, FAO has rung the alarm bell for Bangladesh, China, Egypt, Indonesia and Vietnam.
The H5N1 virus has infected 565 people since it first appeared in 2003, killing 331 of them, according to WHO figures. The outbreaks have risen progressively since then, with almost 800 cases recorded in 2010-11, FAO said. The latest death occurred in Cambodia earlier in the month, killing two children. Cambodia has had 16 deaths from 18 confirmed cases of bird flu since 2005. They include seven children, according to Cambodian Health Ministry official.
Mr Madan Mohan Maity, general secretary, West Bengal Poultry Federation, said that so far there is no case of H5N1 or even bird death in Bengal or any part of India. “We hope there will be no panic over bird flu because our poultry sector is highly mechanised. The government is prepared for the disease,” he said. And in New Delhi, the government said it is fully prepared to deal with any eventuality arising out of the outbreak of avian influenza. “A few reports have come out in the press mentioning an FAO alert against a new and deadly mutant strain of avian influenza, popularly known as Birdflu. The government has taken note of the FAO’s alert and is prepared for any eventuality,” an official statement said.