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Food processing forum kicks off

Chhut Bunthoeun / Khmer Times Share:
Local products on display at a food expo in Phnom Penh. KT/Chor Sokunthea

The first-ever food and agricultural processing business matching forum kicked off on Friday aiming to boost the rapidly growing sector.

The three-day event is organised by the Young Entrepreneur Association of Cambodia and the Federation of Associations for Small and Enterprises with support from local ministries and the Australian government.

Thirty companies have their products on display, representing a wide range of sectors and activities, including banking and finance, packaging, equipment and machinery, and digital marketing.

The forum also features several panel discussions, touching on issues ranging from opportunities in the agro-processing business and success factors, to access to finance and export procedures.

Seang Sopagna, YEAC vice president, said the event aims to enhance the capacity of local businesses and noted that the agri-processing industry plays a significant role in boosting local exports.

“This forum will allow service providers and processors to share their experiences and help them find the right partners,” he said

“By encouraging dialogue, I believe the event will help improve the quality and competitiveness of the sector,” he added.

Cambodia has growing food and agro-processing industries. The country is now starting to export processed food and agricultural products in greater volume after producing them mostly for local consumption in the past.

According to the Ministry of Agriculture, last year Cambodia exported 4.26 million tonnes of agricultural goods, 200 tonnes of which were vegetables.

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