Cassava exports from Cambodia increased by 43% during the first half of 2022.

According to the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries, Cambodia exported more than 2.3 million tonnes of cassava in the first half (H1) of 2022, an increase of more than two-fifths year over year. Thailand bought the greatest portion, at over 1.3 million tonnes or 59.49 percent.

The study classifies the exports into four groups: cassava chips, fresh cassava, tapioca starch, and cassava pulp. It was compiled by the ministry’s General Directorate of Agriculture using data from the National Phytosanitary Database.

The Kingdom exported 2,300,919.39 tonnes of cassava in total from January to June, a 42.55 percent increase over the 1,614,129.76 tonnes reported in the previous year, according to the data.

1.534,590 tonnes of cassava chips were produced, an increase of 24.25 percent over the previous year. Of these, 1,133,550 tonnes were sent to Thailand and 401,040 tonnes to Vietnam. Fresh cassava exports to Vietnam (475,100 tonnes) and Thailand reached 710,300 tonnes, an increase of 97.97%. (235,200 tonnes).

48,948 tonnes of tapioca starch were produced, a 207.78% increase from the previous year. The majority of this output went to China (47,405 tonnes), followed by the US (666 tonnes), Italy (378 tonnes), Vietnam (210 tonnes), the Netherlands (152 tonnes), Thailand (98.60 tonnes), and Malaysia (38.40 tonnes). 7,081.39 tonnes of cassava pulp, up 63.81 percent, were exported to China (6,581.39 tonnes) and Vietnam (500 tonnes).

H.E Veng Sakhon, Agriculture Minister, Kingdom of Cambodia

The total agricultural exports in the first half of 2022 increased by 13.05% year over year, with non-milled rice crops recording a 12.81% growth, according to Agriculture Minister Veng Sakhon. The data for fresh agricultural products, he pointed out, had experienced some “slight decreases,” particularly in terms of exports to China.

Cassava contributes three to four percent of the GDP annually, according to commerce minister Pan Sorasak.

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