The Cambodian government is encouraging more investment in agriculture as demand for the Kingdom’s mangoes grows. Exports to eight foreign markets continue to increase sharply, according to the Agriculture Ministry, from China, Japan, South Korea, the Philippines, Thailand, the US, Vietnam and the UK.
Cambodia exported more than 12,700 tonnes of mangoes in the first half of the year, nearly double the amount in the same period in 2020. China bought 82 percent of the mangoes, with Thailand, the Philippines and Japan the next three biggest markets respectively.
The Cambodia-China free trade deal signed last year contributed to the Kingdom shipping mangoes directly to China in May. China only approves mango and banana exports because of strict sanitary regulations of fresh produce. Cambodia used to ship fruit to Vietnam for processing but now has its own steam sanitising units. The government hopes upgrading its processing facilities will allow it to export more types of produce directly to China.