Vietnamese firm gets go-ahead to ship Cambodian bananas to Chinese markets

The Honng Anh Gia Lai Agrico company (HAGL Agrico), a Vietnam conglomerate firm, on Saturday officially launched its packing house facility and began shipping fresh bananas to China in response to the rapidly rising demand in the market.

HAGL was once a leading property developer in Vietnam, but the company restructured itself in 2010 to focus on agriculture with rubber and fruits from its home country, Cambodia and Laos. The company is now occupying 18,000 hectares of land – at a cost of $400million – planting different type of fruit which include bananas from Ratanakiri province’s Koun Mom district, in  northeast Cambodia, where it shares a border with Vietnam and Laos.

According to an article on, the banana shipment will be sent to a Vietnam port and from there it takes one week to reach its market destinations, including Beijing, Dalian and Shanghai.

Nguyen Quan Anh, the company’s general director in Cambodia, said the company planted bananas on 7,000 hectares of land – 3,000 hectares of which are being harvested. He noted that the bananas to China will be exported through HAGL Agrico’s subsidiaries – including, Hoang Anh Andong Meas, Hoang Anh Lumphat, Daun Penh Agrico and Binhphuoc Kratie Rubber 2.  Together, the companies have 10 packing facilities that can produce up to 25,000 tonnes of fresh banana per year.

“Tropical fruit has a high demand in the Chinese market including dragon, pomelo, mango, jackfruit and bananas. And about 18 million tonnes of bananas are imported to the market per year. This means that how high our current capacity of the fruit reaches, it still can be sold in the market,” he said. “This is what has inspired us to increase our yields to 500,000 tonnes per year by 2020,” Nguyen pointed out.

With expert support from China, the Philippines and Vietnam, Nguyen said his company has created an ecosystem function for breeding, planting and irrigating that is in line with Israel’s agriculture technology.

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