The Cambodia Rice Federation and the Cambodia Tourism Federation announced this morning that they will co-host the Cambodia’s biggest agriculture and food event at the Diamond Island Exhibition Centre from November 10-12 to promote agriculture production and Cambodian cuisine.
The event will include the Cambodia Rice Forum 2017, the Cambodia Ethnic Culinary Competition 2017, AGRIFOOD CAMBODIA’17 and AGRILIVESTOCK CAMBODIA’17 Exhibitions, as announced at the official launching ceremony held at the Himawari Hotel this morning.
The 6th Cambodia Rice Forum, which is organised by the Cambodia Rice Federation, is expected to be attended by 400 members and invited guests. It is the most important gathering of the rice industry to date in the Kingdom, and will discuss key issues including improving rice quality and productivity and expanding into new markets.
According to the Guest of Honour and President of the Cambodia Rice Federation Sok Puthyvuth, the Rice Forum will also be a platform for members to share experience and get updated on the latest market developments.
The highlight of the event will be the introduction of the Cambodia Ethnic Culinary Competition which aims to promote Khmer Cuisine and the use of Cambodian-produced food including rice, maize, tapioca, fruits, vegetables and spices. Luu Meng, co-chair of the Government-Private Sector Forum on Tourism and Vice-President of the Cambodia Tourism Federation, announced that the competition will be organised by the collective efforts of the Cambodia Chef Federation, Cambodia Restaurant Association and the Cambodia Hotel Association.
“Khmer Cuisine has a rich history and has its own distinctive taste which reflects the culture of the Kingdom. The competition will provide an opportunity to revive many wonderful recipes and share the experience of Khmer cuisine with other chefs and the public,” he said, adding that this competition will bring more focus to Khmer cuisine and for more chefs to use their creativity with their culinary skills. Th chef said it will also support the tourism industry with more visitors coming to experience the Kingdom’s culinary delights.
The November event will feature two international exhibitions for the agriculture and the feed and livestock industry – AGRIFOOD CAMBODIA’17 and AGRILIVESTOCK CAMBODIA’17.
A complete range of agriculture supplies and equipment, ranging from fertilisers, seeds, irrigation systems to farming, harvesting, processing and packaging machinery, will be on display at the AGRIFOOD’17 exhibition.
AGRILIVESTOCK, now in its third edition, will focus on the growth of the grain and feed production, aquaculture and animal husbandry and processing industry. The number of feed mills have increased over the past few years to support the growth in the animal and aquaculture production sector in the country. The exhibition will showcase animal health and veterinary services, feed, feed additives, feed milling machinery, fish and prawn farming equipment, chicken, egg, pigs, ducks and cattle farming supplies and equipment.
In his official address, Sok Puthyvuth said these concurrent events will take place as part of the Agri-Tourism Initiative of the Cambodia Rice Federation and the Cambodia Tourism Federation to promote the development of food and agriculture production, Khmer ethnic cuisine, and to seek “new pathways to sustain agricultural growth”. These integrated events aim to deliver sustainable methods for higher yield and production in order to meet future demand for quality food.