The Cambodia Rice Federation (CRF) has been speeding up the preparation of necessary documents required for registration of a trademark for Cambodian rice at the Ministry of Commerce, Mr. Moul Sarith, CRF Secretary General, told local media early this week.
CRF has set the fragrant rice species such as Romduol, Malis and Somaly for the trademark registration, he said, adding that Malis or Jasmine rice will be the first to be registered and the registration will be officially announced in May 2016.
This is a strategy to boost the export of Cambodian rice as well as to disseminate Cambodian fragrant rice to the world market, Mr. Moul Sarith underlined.
The total amount of Cambodian milled rice export reached some 538,396 tons last year, up 39 percent from 387,061 tons in 2014.
The major markets for Cambodian rice are China (21 percent of the total rice export), France (14 percent), Poland and the Netherlands (10.8 percent each), Malaysia (10.2 percent), Italy (4.5 percent), Czech Republic (4.2 percent), Belgium (3.7 percent), UK (3.4 percent), and Germany (2.4 percent).
In 2013, Cambodia exported only 378,856 tons of milled rice, up from 205,717 tons in 2012 and 201,899 tons in 2011.