Rising world demand for Cambodian organic rice

Several ASEAN countries, including Cambodia, have witnessed a growing demand for organic rice that local producers cannot satisfy, according to Winfried Scheewe, adviser to the Cambodian Organic Agriculture Association (COrAA). … Scheewe says demand for organic rice is on the rise, especially in the Philippines, Malaysia and Singapore, but also outside ASEAN, such as in Hong Kong. “In Phnom Penh, there is also more demand,” he says. According to COrAA standards, producers interested in organic farming need to revamp their whole farms to a sustainable organic farming system, banning chemical fertilisers or other chemical substances such as pesticides and fungicides. … Cambodia aims to export a million tonnes of rice by 2015. According to Bredehoeft, the inclusion of organic rice would be an advantage, given that organic rice can be sold for 20 or 30 per cent more than the price of ordinary rice.