Sources day Cambodian company Xing Can Shi Pin Co Ltd has set apart $11.2 million to build a factory to process both cashew nuts and dried mangoes, pineapples, jackfruits and longan, in Kampong Speu province’s northwesternmost Oral district.
The Pailin Longan Agricultural Production Cooperative (PLAPC) hopes this new facility will serve as a useful bargaining chip to secure improved market access for Cambodian longan to international markets, especially China. Longan growers and exporters to Thailand have been dealing with severe market pressures following China’s complete halt in purchases of the fruit from Cambodia. The purchase freeze came after China on August 13 imposed a ban on Thai longan over contamination with mealybugs. China lifted the ban just four days later on August 17, but the damage had been done.
On August 23, the Council for the Development of Cambodia (CDC) greenlit a final registration certificate for Cambodian Xing Can Shi Pin’s factory, noting that the project is expected to deliver 154 new jobs, and is located in Taing Sroeng village of eastern Oral’s Sangke Satoap commune.
Phnompenhpost.com reports that PLAPC president Suos Siyat welcomed the plant, hoping it will absorb a significant share of Pailin longan to process for export.