Phnom Penh (FN), May 13 – The Royal Government of Cambodia decided to allow rice exporting companies to resume exporting white rice, effective from 20 May 2020, according to the Ministry of Economy and Finance’s letter, dated Wednesday, addressed to president of Cambodia Rice Federation (CRF).

“As requested by the CRF, the government decided to allow [White Rice] export as purchased by foreign markets, effective from 20 May 2020,” the letter wrote.

On 5 April 2020, Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen ordered to suspend the exports of Cambodian white rice and paddy rice to ensure food security in the Kingdom amidst Covid-19 crisis.

“I order to suspend exporting white rice and paddy rice effective on 5 April to ensure food security; but we still export fragrant rice until further notice,” the premier said in a press conference.

Cambodia exported over 300,000 tons of rice within four months of 2020, increased by 41 percent comparing to the same period in 2019, which was only 213,763 tons. 2020 exporting figure is considered as the most significant growth of Cambodia, the highest amount exported in four months over the last 10 years history, according to report issued by CRF.

Cambodia exports three types of rice, including fragrant rice, white rice, and steamed rice to China, the EU and ASEAN. The biggest buyers in ASEAN are Malaysia, Brunei and Singapore. Cambodia is considering the Philippine markets.