CRF Appeals to EU to Save Livelihoods of Half a Million Families

(Phnom Penh): Cambodian Rice Federation issued a press release to reveal the truth and appeal to the European Union to save livelihoods of 500,000 families.

“In the first six months of 2019, Cambodia exported approximately 93,000 tons of rice to the European Union (EU). That’s a lot of rice, but it’s half the amount that was exported during the same period in 2018. As of the first of this year, the EU imposed duties on Cambodian rice in order to protect domestic producers. This has been acutely felt by most of the 500,000 families who eke out a living farming jasmine and fragrant long grain rice, in spite of the fact that these varieties are geographically specific and do not compete directly with products grown in the EU,” wrote in the press release.

“As if this weren’t painful enough, the EU is now considering the withdrawal of its “Everything But Arms” (EBA) program. This trade arrangement allows goods from Cambodia and other developing nations to enter the EU free of duties and tariffs. EU legislators are threatening to end the arrangement to press for policy reforms in Cambodia. A thrashing could lead to a threshing of an industry and a way of life,”

“Without EBA, these efforts will come to naught. The CRF appeals to the EU to save the livelihoods of half a million families and to save work that we had done to earn your respect, that of consumers and that of those we serve,” it added.

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