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Cambodia expects 12 pct rise in rubber export in 2015

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PHNOM PENH, April 20 (Xinhua) — Cambodia is projected to export 112,000 tons of dry rubber this year, an estimated rise of 12 percent from the 100,151 tons it exported last year, the Ministry of Agriculture said on Monday.

As of last year, the Southeast Asian country has planted rubber trees on the area of about 357,809 hectares in which some 90,545 hectares are old enough to be yielded, according to the report.  

The country earned 154 million U.S. dollars from rubber export last year, up 16 percent year-on-year, it said.

Men Sopheak, deputy director-general of Sopheak Nika Investment Agro-Industry Company, said his company is expected to export around 15,000 tons of dry rubber this year, an estimated increase of 15 percent year-on-year.

Cambodian rubber has been exported to Malaysia, Vietnam, China, South Korea and European countries.  

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