Cambodia has set an ambitious target of exporting up to 100,000 tons of fresh mangoes a year to China after the first shipment of the fresh fruit went out to China last Friday. The Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF) is the driving force behind the exports, boosting planting for quality standards to meet the demand and requirements in the Chinese market.
MAFF Minister Veng Sakhon said during the official ceremony marking the shipments that the capacity of plantation and packing facilities are able to boost exports of the sweet fruit to China to at least 100,000 tons a year. Mango yields in Cambodia amount to around 1.6 million tons per year, he said.
“Based on the total yield of fresh mangoes and the capacity of packing facilities, the amount of fresh mango exports to China will, we expect, increase to around 100,000 tons a year,” he told The Khmer Times.