Cambodia exported 147,760 tonnes of fresh yellow bananas to the international market this year as of last Wednesday. This means these exports are at 150 per cent over the same time last year, Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Veng Sakhon said on Thursday.
He told The Post that the surge in exports was underpinned by international recognition of the quality of the Kingdom’s yellow bananas and growing trade relations, more notably so this year.He also accredited the growth to actions taken by the authorities to train farmers and investment companies on cultivation techniques and their campaign to showcase the potential of Cambodian products in markets around the world.
However, Veng Sakhon he stressed that Cambodia must brainstorm appropriate and effective transport solutions to speed up shipments of bananas and minimise time and money losses.
Long Sreng Hua Jian Agriculture Development Co Ltd director Heng Davy stated that the company recorded unremarkable figures in the first six months of this year due to limited productive capacity of its banana farms.
The company owns about 200ha of yellow bananas out of the 1,000ha cultivated in Kampong Cham province. As demand from China now outpaces her company’s shipping capacity, Davy said plans to further expand cultivation are on the cards.