Official mango exports from Cambodia to China could begin as early 2020, after visiting experts concluded that the fruit grown in the Kingdom is of good quality. Officials from the General Administration of Customs of the People’s Republic of China (GACC) visited the Kingdom on November 24 to inspect Cambodian mango cultivation and determine whether to approve exports.
Ngin Chhay, the director-general of the General Directorate of Agriculture at the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, met with GACC officials over the weekend. He said that following field observations, studies and practical assessments carried out at mango plantations in five provinces, the GACC had determined that conditions in Cambodia for the fruit are satisfactory.
Cambodia is tackling a number of issues addressed by the GACC to further expand the potential market for the Kingdom’s mangoes in China and other countries. The GACC said pest damage and chemical pesticide use was minimal, and that the mango processing plants had good pest control standards.
Vann Rithy, general manager of Angkor Mango, a mango buyer and exporter, on Sunday said that China is a large, high-demand and high-value market, and that official exports would greatly contribute to the growth of Cambodia’s economy. The Kingdom’s mangoes are currently exported to China informally through Vietnam and Thailand.
Chhay said there are currently around 60,000 to 70,000ha of mango plantations in the Kingdom.