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Overseas demand for local rice paper on the rise

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Fresh spring rolls served at a local restaurant. Supplied

Amru Rice, a major rice miller and exporter, said international demand for its organic rice paper is strong, with the company exporting more than 50 tonnes of the product in the last 12 months.

Song Saran, CEO of Amru Rice, told Khmer Times his company started exporting the product in August last year, and only this year started selling it locally.

Rice paper is normally used in dishes to wrap fresh vegetables and cooked meat. A common dish that uses the product is spring rolls.

He said Amru Rice can only produce about 200 to 250 kilograms a day because of the strict requirements that must be met to send the product abroad.

“Almost 100 percent of our organic rice paper was sent to international markets, particularly the Netherlands, France and Denmark. We will soon export to Australia too.

“There is a lot of interest for our product from international markets, but we cannot produce enough,” Mr Saran said.

He said the company plans to increase production in 2019.

“Our plans are to increase the amount that we export to 100 tonnes next year, but to do this we need skilled workers and technical staff.”

He said the quality of the product has improved recently, resulting in a better taste that is making it very attractive to foreign buyers.

“Our ingredients is what is making our product a success. We have the support of an Australian technical team and we are proud of what we have achieved,” Mr Saran said.

However, he said the company is facing human resource shortages.

“We had to bring Australian experts to help us. We didn’t have the human resources we required,” he added.

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