Cambodian Keo Romiet mangoes are still on target to be exported to the Chinese market starting early next year, after China signed an agreement in June that set up a 500,000-ton quota for the fruit.
Hun Lak, the CEO of Richfarm Asia Co Ltd, said the June 9 protocol on ‘phytosanitary requirements for export Fresh Keo Romiet mangoes from Cambodia to the People’s Republic of China’ will pave the way for direct shipments of the fruit to East Asia’s largest economy. He said his company plans to export fresh fruit to China in February.
“I think by the beginning of 2021 we will be able to export Keo Romiet mangoes to the Chinese market, and while we are currently packing those in very early stages of development, we’ll be able to harvest the mangoes in 50 days. We’ve already exported dried mangoes to the international market and we’ll start exporting fresh mangoes in February next year,” Lak told phnompenhpost.com.
Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Veng Sakhon told The Post on December 22 that four companies will be ready to export fresh Keo Romiet mangoes directly to China even earlier next year.
Cambodia has 124,319 ha of mango plantations, and exported more than $44.57 million worth of mango products last year.
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