Cambodian mangoes cannot be exported because there are no airplanes available

The Cambodian Mong Reththy Group,  the country's largest local agribusiness company, and Korean mango exporter Hyundai Agro are discussing ways to seek a solution for mango exports. Chang-Hoon Lee, managing director of Hyundai Agro, told The Khmer Times that both sides have discussed the current situation of the local mango market.

“We agreed to exchange skills, techniques and know- how to each other. We [Hyundai] will support MRG to follow the guidelines to meet South Korea’s regulations because the Korea market is very strict with chemicals and records, plus worm and disease control when it comes to such fruit exports,” he said. “So we listened to the company’s problems about its marketing challenges and we both agreed to solve them together.”

He noted local companies may find difficulties meeting market guidelines, but MRG is able to follow Hyundai’s rules. “So we hope, from next season, MRG’s mangoes will be able to be sold in the Korean market.

The company began official exports of the first consignment of Cambodian fresh mangoes to its home country market in January, from between 5 to 20 tonnes every day. During the first four months of the year, 41,885 tonnes of mangoes were sent to Thailand, Vietnam, Russia and Korea, according to the Ministry of Agriculture.

Mong Rithy, one of Cambodia’s best-known businessmen and head of the MRG, said his mangoes are facing a critical situation, with no market to sell them. In the light of COVID-19, travelling restrictions are being put in place. Rithy noted that the fruit cannot be exported because there are no airplanes to carry freight.

“As a result, about 600 tonnes of mangoes will be thrown away from our farms because they are damaged after falling from the trees,” he said.

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