two only organic rice exporters is preparing to double its organic rice exports
this year as demand for organic rice steadily increases, according to The Phnom Penh Post.
for Study and Development
in Agriculture, CEDAC, reportedly shipped 540 tons of organic rice to
international buyers in 2014 – a 20 percent increase over 2013. CEDAC is set to
export 1,000 tons in 2015 to fill the demand in the international market. Cambodian
Production in organic rice is still quite lucrative because “the price of organic rice is higher and also more stable than non-organic rice in the marketplace,” said CEDAC export officer Sou Sarorn.
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Still, senior advisor to the Cambodia Rice Federation, David Van, said the strict regulations and extended grow-time for producing organic rice combined with the lack of education on the matter makes it difficult to find farmers willing to commit to “going green,” and makes large-scale organic rice production limited.
In 2014, organic rice exports represented only a fraction of
overall 380,000 tons of rice exports.