Yesterday, Cambodia began the process of sending its first shipment of bananas to the Chinese market, after five local companies were greenlighted by the Chinese government last month.
During a ceremony attended by Agriculture Minister Veng Sakhon, 100 tonnes of bananas were stored at a warehouse in Phnom Penh, ready to the shipped to the Chinese market. No official date has been given as to when the shipment will take place.
The bananas belong to all five companies that were granted permission to ship the fruit by the Chinese government – Longmate Agriculture, Long Sreng Hua Jian Agriculture Development, Green Island Agriculture Development, Sovann Reachsey, and Grand Land Agriculture Development.
Banana will become only one of a handful products Cambodian companies export to the Chinese market. Other include milled rice, dried cassava and processed rubber.