Cambodian mangoes could soon be consumed in Japan. The Cambodian government recently requested Japanese authorities to accelerate the greenlighting of the fruit imports.
If Japanese authorities accept Cambodia’s request, Japan would become one of the few East Asian countries importing Cambodian mangoes. South Korea will receive its first shipment of Cambodian mangoes next month, while negotiations and technical work to ship the fruit to China are ongoing.
Agriculture Minister Veng Sakhon said on Monday that Japan is a “potential market” for local agricultural products, and noted that the country already allows imports of yellow bananas from the Kingdom. “On top of that, we wish to see the Japanese government consider our proposal to import Cambodian fresh mango, and speed up the process,” Mr Sakhon said during a meeting with Kanji Kato, Japan’s Deputy Minister of Agriculture, at the Ministry of Agriculture in Phnom Penh.
“Cambodia has been working hard to accelerate the technical work and meet quality and safety standards to enable exports to these three markets,” he said, referring to China, South Korea, and Japan.”