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Papua New Guinea wants Khmer rice

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A selection of rice sorts grown in Cambodia. KT/Chor Sokunthea

Representatives of Cambodia and Papua New Guinea (PNG) are negotiating a rice deal.  On Friday, May 18, representatives of the governments and private sectors of both countries met to work out the details of the agreement that will allow rice exports to the Melanesian country north of Australia.

The director-general of the General Directorate of Agriculture (of the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries), Hean Vanhan, spoke with Khmer Times after his meeting with the National Agriculture Quarantine and Inspection Agency (NAQIA) of Papua New Guinea.

“The discussion focused on the quality of Cambodian rice … as well as the sanitary and phytosanitary [i.e. relating to the health of the plants] requirements for export and import, and how Cambodia manages … [rice] storage,” Mr Vanhan said.

Cambodia promises to supply premium quality, hygienic and wholesome rice to PNG; reciprocally, PNG promises to purchase that rice from Cambodia.

The Melanesian and the Cambodian representatives will continue to work out the details and it is expected that the protocol will be ready for signing by early June.

A new market for rice would be greeted because the rice export tonnage lags behind last year’s, according to the secretariat of the One Window Service for Rice Export Formality.

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