Prime Minister Hun Sen yesterday [18 April 2016] opened the country’s biggest sugar mill, a $360 million Chinese-owned plant in Preah Vihear [northern Cambodia] that will produce half a-million tons a year, and called for more investment from the world’s second-largest economy. The plant, set in a 43,422-hectare sugar plantation, will also generate about 30 megawatts of electricity from its waste to supply the province, reducing its reliance on power from Phnom Penh. It is part of a $1 billion three-stage plan to expand the plantation and build an ethanol factory and a fertilizer plant…Full Article: Khmer Times Apr 2016

Key Points

  • The Governor of Preah Vihear Province, northern Cambodia, had granted access to 40,000 hectares of land to the Chinese backed firm Rui Feng (Cambodia) International.
  • According to Cambodia’s Industry Minister, factories will be built in 2017 that will eventually produce 50,000 MTs of ethanol (for export to China) and 100,000 MTs of organic fertilizers.

ChinaAg Comments

  • In December 2015, China set a deadline (end of 2015) for Cambodia to submit a list of all its rice exporters so that they may carry out quality control inspections. China was reportedly concerned that not all of the 71 registered Cambodian rice exporters met its quality control and hygienic standards.
  • In April 2015, China announced plans to increase its imports of Cambodian bananas, mango and soybeans.
  • In December 2014, Chinese and Cambodian companies reached numerous agricultural agreements. The deals included China purchasing 200,000 MTs of cassava chips (~US49 million) and 30,000 MTs of milled rice from Cambodia’s Mekong Oryza Trading company. In addition, China’s Fuzhou Newgroup Industry agreed to distribute beer from Cambodia’s Khmer Brewery Ltd. (for one year) throughout the mainland.
  • In December 2013, China’s Yunnan province donated 200 agricultural engines to Banteay Meanchey province, northwestern Cambodia.
  • In January 2013, China’s Guangxi region donated 100 MTs of milled rice (humanitarian aid) to Cambodia.

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