CANADIA Bank Plc has begun construction on an US$8 million rice processing facility in Takeo province, aiming to process rice for export to the international market, company officials said. Set up in the province’s Doun Keo district, the mill will be capable of processing up to 500 tonnes of paddy per day, Canadia Investment Department Manager Rien Samrith said. “We want to invest in this province because of its potential for agriculture, and we want to push people to produce more rice,” he said. Construction on the facility began earlier this month, and will be finished by September this year. The firm claims to have a three-month timeline to complete the factory, as operations are to begin in October to meet demand from China, he said. “We have already connected with business partners from China to export rice to them,” he said.