As climate change severely impacts yields, Cambodian mango production is expected to decrease this year. This is according to a mango association in Kampong Speu province – the Kingdom’s largest regional producer of the fruit.
Kampong Speu Mangoes Association president In Chayvan said the impact of climate change could reduce yields by around 50 per cent this year: “Mango production this year will not be as good as last year as effects of climate change – too much rain and too much drought – will reduce yields this year,” he said, adding that the main yearly harvest will begin next month. “Due to climate change, [mango] flowers were destroyed by too much rain and now there is drought coming. The ponds in some areas are slowly drying up.”
The government last month issued a statement raising concerns of a drought, as El Niño threatens to cast a prolonged dry spell when it hits the Kingdom in April and May.
“The price is not fluctuating as much as last year. [We] are seeing more demand from Vietnamese buyers,” he told phnompenhpost.com, adding that the association has made contracts with buyers in Vietnam this year at 1,500 riel ($0.37) per kg.