Organic Rice Producers Prepare 2013-2014 Production Plan
From July 9-10, 2013, CEDAC with funding support from GIZ organized the Organic Rice Producer Confederation Assembly of Cambodia at its head office in Phnom Penh. 50 organic rice farmers from Takeo, Kampong Speu, Kampong Chnang, Prey Veng and Kampot provinces attended the assembly. The main objectives of the assembly were to prepare the 2013-2014 organic rice production plan and strengthen the quality of rice production to meet export market standards.
During the assembly, some key presentations were delivered on topics including:  organic rice production plan, the preparation of Internal Control System (ICS), the monitoring and certification process, and the potential of organic rice market.
According the plan, for this year 2013-2014, the organic rice farmer producer groups commit to producing 5000 tons of organic rice to supply to local market and another 1500 tons of certified organic rice to supply to export market.
CEDAC President Dr. Yang Saing Koma said that “there is a high demand in both the local and the export market for certified organic rice, but the problem is on the supply side”. He continued, “I am optimistic that there will be more farmers throughout the country who will join the organic rice producer confederation to produce more organic rice for the market.”
To date, 287 farmer households in three provinces (Takeo, Kampong Speu and Kampong Chnange) have been certified by the international certification bodies BCS Öko-Garantie GmbH and Trade Sustainability Alliance (FairTSA).