Khmer Times/Sum Manet
Monday, 08 February 2016
|Farmers package dried cassava after harvesting the crop in Stung Treng province late last year. KT/ Mai Vireak|
Cambodian trade officials are urging their Chinese counterparts to boost imports of Cambodian rubber, cassava, sugar and pepper to narrow the trade imbalance between the two countries, officials said after a meeting last week.
The request was made during the three-day Inter-Governmental Coordinating Committee, which ended on Friday with an agreement by Chinese officials that the country would increase its imports of agricultural produce from Cambodia as long as Chinese hygiene and quality standards are met and there was demand for the produce, according to a statement released after the meeting.
The statement was made as data showed rice exports rising more than 20 percent last month compared to the same month last year.
Cambodia exported 44,033 tons of rice – including white and fragrant – in January, up 22 percent from the 35, 921 tons in the same month last year, according to a report from the Secretariat of One Window Service for Rice Export Formality. China imported 6,999 tons of rice from Cambodia last month, according to official figures.