Veng Sakhon, Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, has announced the Kingdom’s rice paddy production and milled rice export totals for 2020.
The minister revealed that of the nation’s approximate 3.4 million hectares of paddy fields, more than 3.26 million hectares were in harvest, yielding an average of 3.34 tonnes per hectare.
Sakhon added that 2020’s total paddy production was 10.93 million tonnes, sufficient to afford the nation a surplus of 5.9 million tonnes of paddies.
Cambodia exported 690,829 tonnes of milled rice with a total value of $538.8 million this year, an increase of 11.4 percent over 2019’s numbers. Exports of rice paddy reached 2.89 million tonnes for 2020 with a total value of $723.48 million.
The Kingdom’s milled rice exports made their way to 60 destination countries. China imported 289,439 tonnes, which represents some 41.90 percent of total Cambodian rice exports. The EU followed with 203,791 tonnes (29.50 percent), the ASEAN nations with 86,899 tonnes (12.58 percent) and the remaining 110,700 tonnes (16.02 percent) were sent to 29 other countries.