On Tuesday, Cambodia has reached an official agreement with China to export fresh mangoes in a milestone decision which will open a giant new market for local producers.
The Chinese government officially approved the export of 500,000 tonnes of Cambodian fresh mangoes per year to the country, where total demand for mangoes stands at about eight million tonnes per year, said the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries.
The agreement titled Requirements for Phytosanitary for the export of fresh mangoes from Cambodia to China was signed by Minister Veng Sakhon and Chinese Ambassador to Cambodia Wang Wentian on Tuesday at the ministry. Sakhon said the agreement will provide Cambodia’s agricultural producers with a good opportunity to capitalise on a new market.
Fresh mangoes are the second fruit to be officially permitted for export to China after yellow bananas were approved last year, he said.
“This is a very useful achievement for Cambodia and it is in line with the government’s policy for the development of Cambodian industry from 2015-2025. One of the main goals of the policy is to boost the export of agricultural processed goods by 12 per cent of total export volume by 2025,” said Sakhon.
He also encouraged both local and Chinese investors to cooperate in the expansion of mango cultivation areas and improvement of techniques for sterilising crops and exterminating pests.
Cambodia exported 44,099 tonnes of fresh mangoes during the first five months of this year, an increase of around 14,885 tonnes or 50.96 per cent compared to the same period last year, ministry data show.
As reported on phnompenhpost.com, last year, it exported 58,162 tonnes of fresh mangoes to six markets – Thailand, Vietnam, Singapore, France, Russia and Hong Kong.