Mango will most probably be the next product that Cambodia exports directly to China, said an official of the Ministry of Agriculture. The Ministry recently called on farmers growing ‘prioritised’ agricultural goods to register with the ministry in exchange for assistance to help them meet China’s stringent sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) requirements.
However, only farms growing mango have registered thus far, according to Ke Monyvuth, director of the ministry’s crop protection and SPS department. As a result, ministry officials are now providing technical assistance to several mango farms to help them meet China’s SPS standards before they are inspected by a delegation of Chinese officials.
Mr Monyvuth said on Tuesday that a team from China’s General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine will visit Cambodia next month to conduct inspections at registered farmers: “We expect that fresh mangoes will be the next agricultural product that Cambodia exports to China and we are now working to provide technical assistance to farmers to prepare for the requirements of the Chinese market.”