Cambodian growers and exporters are waiting for officers from the General Administration of Customs of the People’s Republic of China (GACC) to conduct their evaluation of local farms and production sites prior to the exports being greenlighted for delivery to China.
This comes nearly six months after Cambodia and China signed their June protocol on the phyto-sanitary requirements required to pave the way for the export of fresh Cambodia-grown mangoes to China.
Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Veng Sakhon said that while some companies sent pilot shipments of fresh mangos to China via Vietnam in early December, official exports will commence once the Kingdom fulfills the Chinese requirement that hot water treatment (HWT), or vapour heat treatment (VHT) machines be used to destroy pests on the fruit prior to shipping.
As of December 14, the General Directorate of Agriculture at the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, had received 48 applications from mango farms and packaging sites wishing to register to export mangoes to China. The total amount of land under cultivation for mango production covered by the 48 applications is 28,345 hectares.
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