'Thailand has exported 696,558 tons of rice in January 2014, up about 20% from around 580,983 tons exported in January 2013, according to the Thai Country Chamber and Office of Import-Export Goods Standards. However, in terms of value, Thailand’s earnings from rice exports declined to around $376.51 million in January 2014, down about 10% from $416.23 million earned during the same period in 2013'.
'Exporters and rice millers should keep their fragrant rice paddy and wait until the supply in the global market declines, advised Srey Chanty, an independent economist who focuses on agriculture issues.“I think in the next three or four months, the fragrant rice price will bounce back to normal,” he said'.
'As Thailand sells its rice reserves and reforms in Myanmar are rewarded with more access to markets abroad, Cambodia’s total exports of milled rice are on the decline, falling more than 10 per cent in the first quarter of this year compared with the same period in 2013, according to industry insiders'.
'The European Commission (E.C.) will today ban all fish imports from Cambodia, carrying through on its threat made in November to punish the country for failing to show genuine commitment to tackling the global problem of illegal fishing, according to a memo released Friday'.
'He [Council of Ministers spokesman Phay Siphan] added that calls for the EU to use its sizeable aid as leverage on the government was not constructive.“No one is the master, we are partners … [with] a different culture and a different mindset. [But] it doesn’t mean that the government is not doing anything to improve that. We [work] daily to tackle the issues.”
'Cambodia's rice industry has come under attack in recent months from online criminals attempting to defraud buyers and disrupt exporters’ websites, industry insiders say'.