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Cambodia: New export markets necessary to absorb looming longan surpluses

Cambodian longan yields are expected to come in at 111,000 tons of Pailin longans this year. The nation has more than 13,600 hectares of plantations and according to Agriculture Minister Veng Sakhon, half are ready for harvesting.

Pailin longan is grown in 14 provinces, with the biggest farms in Pailin, Battambang, Ratanakiri and Banteay Meanchey. Sakhon said one hectare of a longan plantation can yield about 16 tons of fruit. One ton of longan sells for around $450. The agriculture ministry is trying to increase sales by opening up more export markets.

Cambodian Farmers Community Coalition Association president Theng Savoeun told Khmer Times this month that Thailand and Vietnam are very important markets but farmers want to expand exports to China, Australia, the US and the EU.


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