Demand for Organic Rice in Preah Vihear Continues

Two companies, Amru Rice (Cambodia) and Golden Rice Cambodia, renewed their contracts on Aug. 24 to buy organic rice from the farming community in Preah Vihear province.

The renewed contracts were signed at Preah Vihear Provincial Department of Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries in the presence of the province's deputy governor H.E. Ouk Kimsan.

Under the contracts, Golden Rice Cambodia will purchase 1,200 tonnes of organic rice from seven farming communities with 1,000 producer families, and Amru Rice (Cambodia) will buy about 1,000 tonnes of rice from four farming communities with 500 producer families.

Oknha Song Saran, General Director of Amru Rice (Cambodia) said 2023 is the ninth year that his company has renewed the purchase contract with Preah Vihear's agricultural communities and that his company is committed to promoting and exporting Preah Vihear organic rice to the world market.

According to Mr. Peung Trida, Director of Preah Vihear Provincial Department of Agriculture, the province's Preah Vihear Meanchey Union of Agricultural Cooperative is Cambodia's first union of its kind, established in April 2016 with 25 farming communities of 5,403 producer families.

H.E. Ouk Kimsan said that the Royal Government is exploring new international markets to export Cambodia's agricultural products, and agriculture is the backbone of national economic development.

He thanked all stakeholders for the good coordination to promote his province's agriculture as well as boost the lives of the farming communities.

Preah Vihear province is well known for organic rice and organic cassava.

Source: Agence Kampuchea Presse (AKP)