Last Tuesday, Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Veng Sakhon asked the European Chamber of Commerce in Cambodia (EuroCham) to motivate European companies to increase orders of Cambodian agricultural products. This comes in light of unremarkable export figures from the sector, even as the government steps up promotion of the products.
The minister’s proposal was made during a meeting with newly appointed EuroCham president Tassilo Brinzer, who led a delegation to the ministry.
Sakhon made a presentation to the delegates on the progress of the agricultural sector in the context of the global spread of Covid-19, stressing that Cambodia has ensured food security and is actively pushing for exports – especially to China, South Korea and the EU.
Notable target agricultural goods include milled rice, peppercorn, cassava chips, processed cashew nuts, yellow bananas and Keo Romiet mangoes, said the minister.
Sakhon said the ministry is looking forward to cooperating with EuroCham to jointly maintain a healthy investment climate in the Cambodian agricultural and agribusiness sectors.
Preliminary ministerial estimates show that the Kingdom exported more than 8.55 million tonnes of agricultural products last year – through formal and informal channels – worth more than $2.32 billion. At the top of the list were cassava, cashew nuts, Pailin longan, peppercorn, as well as fresh mangoes and bananas.
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