On November 10, 2020, at the office of the Preah Vihear Meanchey Agricultural Cooperative Union, Amru Rice Company and representatives of 15 ACs in Preah Vihear province has discussed on the organic rice’s price negotiation, in which the both sides have signed on the contract farming earlier this season. In 2020, Amru Rice plans to buy about 15,000 tonnes of organic rice, Phkar Romduol and white rice. Amru Rice offers the premium price to farmers who grow organic rice, where they get an additional 15% to 30% or at least value-added between 170 To 250 riel per kilogram above the market price in the local area. It’s mean that farmers will get more income from organic rice than the conventional rice.
The negotiation is coordinated by the Preah Vihear Meanchey Agricultural Cooperatives Union (PMAC), which is Amru Rice’s partner in coordination the rice purchasing rice from farmers according to the agreed contract farming. As the result, the company and the community have agreed on price and set a trading date from November 12 onwards.
Contract farming with companies not only gain market sustainability and profitable, but they also get training from company on various soft skills and practical skills related to organic standards, internal audit systems, techniques. Cultivate planning, trading, entrepreneurship, business concepts, financial records and management.
Amru Rice’s organic rice project started in Preah Vihear province in 2014, initially with the participation of eight ACs, and by 2020, in Preah Vihear province, 22 ACs have signed contracts with Amru Rice.
Organic rice is seasonal product that growing one time per year. Organic product we certifies as EU and NOP through ECOCERT organic standard. Contract farming on organic rice standard to be ensure the quality and market for cooperative that signing the contract.
In year 2018 Amru Rice certifies as EU and NOP, Bio Suisse and plus Fare life and fare for life that focus on social respond, working condition, environment protected and sustainable.