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Ministry Finishes Valuing Rice Exporters

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The Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries has finished its evaluation of rice producers and processors that have registered to export milled rice to China, checking to see if they comply with the hygiene laws in China.
Hean Vanhan, the director general of the ministry’s Agriculture Department, said the ministry has sent a letter to Chinese authorities reporting the results of the evaluation of rice producers, millers and processors and the next step is for Chinese officers to come and audit those companies.
Six officials from China’s General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ) will spend 14 days carrying out audits and evaluations of registered rice producing companies, rice processors and warehouses, Mr. Vanhan said.
Last December, China asked Cambodia to evaluate its rice exporters to determine whether they adhered to the hygiene laws in China, because officials in the world’s second largest economy did not trust all of the 71 rice exporters registered with the Ministry of Commerce.
“During the valuation period, we valued rice processors and warehouses, focusing on the standards required under the hygiene laws in China,” Mr. Vanhan said.
The ministry’s letter mentioned 36 rice companies having complied with Chinese standards. A total of 24 of them were rice millers, four were rice processors and eight were rice traders, he said.  
“Now we are preparing to receive the Chinese officials on their visit to re-audit the more than 36 companies,” Mr. Vanhan said, adding that the visit would be made in the country’s harvesting season, which runs from October to November.
Sok Puthyvuth, the President of the Cambodia Rice Federation, told Khmer Times recently that the CRF has been working to solve issues to ensure Cambodian rice adheres to standards. The federation has enlisted international inspectors, the CRF’s representatives and people from the government to make sure Cambodian rice complies with standards to meet the purchasers’ demands, he said.
Mr. Puthyvuth said the audit will ensure Cambodian rice follows standards and conditions set by China and will show China that Cambodia has new processing and producing companies to build trust with them when they buy rice.
According to the CRF, China ordered about 100,000 tons of milled rice from Cambodia last year and another 100,000 tons this year, and the experts expect that number to grow in the following years after the audit and evaluation.

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