Cambodia is keen to grow Japonica rice and the Ministry of Agriculture is currently conducting field trials to explore the possibility.
“We are currently studying how Japonica rice can be grown in the country and it will take three to four years to know the full results,” said Hean Vanhan, director-general of the Agriculture Ministry’s general directorate of agriculture.
“If Japonica rice can be grown successfully in Cambodia, it can be exported to Japan and South Korea,” he added.
Demand for Japonica rice accounts for 20 percent of the total global demand for rice. Because of its high quality, Japonica rice is often sold at a high price.
Song Saran, CEO of Amru Rice, said his company was also conducting field trials of growing Japonica rice.
“It will take time to finalise the results,” he said, without going into the details.
He said there were also a few other rice producers in Takeo and Prey Veng provinces conducting field trials.