Under a new agreement between the Ministry of Commerce and the southwestern Chinese region, Cambodia will export 400,000 tons of dried cassava to the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region from March 2022 to March 2023.
Cassava is one of Cambodia’s leading agro-industrial crops and it is an important export product, making up an estimated 3 to 4 per cent of the gross domestic product (GDP) per year, says commerce minister Pan Sorasak.
In 2020, Cambodia formally launched the National Policy on Cassava 2020-2025 in a bid to increase production and make the crop commercially viable for export to international markets. At the signing ceremony, Sorasak expressed pleasure at the timing of China’s cassava purchase, saying that it demonstrates the country’s confidence in the product, even as the Cambodian government was still exploring the crop’s potential for international export, according to a February 24 statement from the ministry.
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