Yesterday, a virtual meeting took place between a working group of relevant Cambodian and Chinese officials. The goal was to discuss and assess Cambodian exports of fresh mangoes to China.
Cambodia and China signed a protocol on the phytosanitary requirements that would enable fresh mango exports in June 9, 2020. However, until now, Cambodia has yet to be able to export fresh mangoes to China, with the exception of test shipments that were part of the assessment process of phytosanitary standards.
As reported by Khmer Times on December 17, official exports of Cambodian fresh mangoes to China were slated originally to commence between January or February of 2021.
In an update, Veng Sakhon, Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, explained that the main reason for the delay was related to obligations Cambodia is required to fulfill by China in addition to the original Phyto Sanitary Protocol. These include requirements related to human health protections covered in China’s food safety standards.
The minister added that all mango farms must register to create and implement the Good Agriculture Practices (GAP) and other certificates needed to ensure the monitoring of the production chain. To maintain hygiene at the farms, damaged mangoes from the farms must be collected during the harvest and insect pest management (IPM) must be implemented. This includes the monitoring of the use of chemical or biological and mechanical measures.
Cambodia must also thoroughly monitor and inspect plantations during the planting and harvesting periods to ensure that any phytochemical composition or pests banned by China are under control.