Speaking to Khmer Times, Hun Lak, Longmate Agriculture director, said his company exported bananas every month since the first shipment in early May. This means Longmate Agriculture, one of five local companies allowed to export bananas directly to China, is on track to meet its goal of shipping 22,000 tons of the fruit by the end of the year.
“Our goal was to ship 22,000 tons of fresh yellow bananas to China and we are on course to meet that target,” he said, adding that small changes in yield due to weather conditions might slightly alter the total amount of fruit shipped in 2019. He said the company is organising shipments of the fruit every month, each taking about 11 days to reach Chinese ports. Longmate is exporting to Beijing, Shanghai, Dalian, and Shenzhen, Mr Lak said, although he did not reveal the volume of each shipment.
“The market price of the fruit depends on the season,” he said, noting that it can fetch up to $600 per ton.
The company is growing the fruit in more than 400 hectares of land in Kampot province’s Chhuk district, which is also where the company’s packaging plant is located. There are plans to expand the plantation to 10,000 hectares by the end of this year.
Next year, Longmate aims to reach 33,000 tons in banana exports to China, Mr Lak said.