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Cambodia eyes Swedish trade

Cambodia is seeking to expand its market for milled rice to Sweden and is looking for ways to cooperate further in trade and investment. Prime Minister Hun Sen, at the World Economic Forum in Switzerland, yesterday asked his Swedish counterpart Stefan Lofven to consider rice imports ...

Heavy push for rice megafarms

The government is committed to ramping up the rice megafarm scheme this year, for which it provides soft loans, machinery and agricultural equipment to farmers in order to cut production costs and raise productivity. The scheme will cover 1.05 million rai of related farmland. Chutima ...

Government holds off on paddy purchases

The Ministry of Commerce is suspending plans for a paddy purchase program due to a recovery in market prices, according to ministry spokesperson U Khin Maung Lwin. U Khin Maung Lwin told The Myanmar Times in the first week of December that the ministry had approval ...

Fresh push for contract farming

Frustrated with the failure of a $27 million emergency loan package to help rice farmers find a fair market price for their crop and stem the tide of smuggled paddy across the borders, Agriculture Minister Veng Sokhon is flogging a new model for the nation’s ...

Cambodia’s prized rice falls short at awards

Cambodia’s Phka Rumdoul variety of fragrant rice, which won the World’s Best Rice award for three consecutive years from 2012 to 2014, narrowly missed its fourth crown at this year’s awards held in Chiang Mai in northern Thailand last week. Thailand’s own Hom Mali – ...

Farming cooperatives to accept pledges of 2 million tonnes of paddy from farmers

Seventy-three farming cooperatives in 13 provinces are expected to be able to accept pledges of two million tonnes of paddy from farmers worth about 23 billion baht, said agriculture inspector-general Prinya Pergsombat on November 7. Prinya made the above remark after having met representatives of ...

Vietnam ‘should sell rice to Africa’

Vietnam and the International Rice Research Institute hope to boost cooperation in developing genetic resources and choosing technology to improve rice quality, experts have said. The IRRI gene banks, wild-rice introgression population, structured genetic population and breeding lines represent a critical resource for generating the ...

Rice standards run out of steam

The government is seeking funding to complete its effort to draft standards for 11 local varieties of rice as part of an initiative aimed at facilitating efforts to market Cambodia’s most important agricultural crop, a government official said on November 6. Chheng Uddara, a department ...

Miller execs resign amid price slump

Some 30 executive committee members of the Thai Rice Millers Association have stepped down amid criticism that rice millers are behind the recent slump in rice prices. The decision was declared by the the association’s president, Manas Kitprasert, during a news briefing Thursday. Mr Manas ...

Brunei delegation eyes rice and paddy exports

A Delegation from Brunei Darussalam will visit Myanmar to discuss buying rice and paddy, according to agriculture ministry officials, as the government continues an urgent search for new export markets. The Brunei delegation will visit Myanmar later this month to discuss importing high-quality rice, paddy and ...

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