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Wednesday, 5 October 2011

Cambodia To Fall Short In Rice Exports Due To Flooding - Rice Association

The Cambodian flood that has killed 164 people.

PHNOM PENH, Oct 4 (Bernama) -- Cambodia's rice exports to foreign countries this year will fall short from the amount that was expected earlier, due to the flooding, said President of the Federation of Cambodian Rice Millers Association Phou Puy on Tuesday.

The flooding has hit the country since August, will affect the rice yield and the amount for exports to foreign countries, as it will be short of about 300,000 tonnes of milled rice, China's Xinhua news agency reported, citing Puy as saying.

However, he said, this effect will not disturb the government' s rice policy to export at least one million tonnes of milled rice to foreign countries by 2015.

To date, Cambodia has exported rice to only Asian and European nations. Soon, it will expand to other countries across the continents.

On Tuesday morning, Hor Namhong, deputy prime minister and minister of foreign affairs and international cooperation explained to Nina Brandstrup, the country's representative of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in Cambodia that this year's flood was the worst and more serious than that in the year 2000.

"The urgent and facing issue Cambodia needs to do is providing food to people affected by the floods to ensure that no one will die of hunger," he said, and urged the FAO to provide assistance as soon as possible.

The latest figure from the National Committee for Disaster Management showed that as of Tuesday, the floods hitting Cambodia since August have killed at least 164 people and about 215,662 families with 291,000 hectares of rice paddies have been affected.

The floods that hit at least 15 out of 24 provinces and cities across the country -- have also affected more than 200 kilometers of national roads and up to 2,019 kilometers of gravel roads.

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