Fresh mango exporters say demand for mangoes from overseas markets, especially China, is beginning to recover. However, Cambodian mango production has declined in early 2023. Hun Lak, CEO of Tropicam Fruit and Vegetable Co Ltd, one of Cambodia’s largest mango exporters, said that in 2021 and 2022, mango prices fell due to Chinese lockdowns. He added that rising transportation costs were also a barrier to exports.
“These factors led to many mango growers giving up the business or abandoning their plantations,” he added. “This has led to a decline in this year’s mango harvest. Demand from China has recovered, and shipping transport costs have fallen, so buyers are once again placing large orders, but we have little mango production.”
Van Rithy, head of export at agri-machinery firm Angkor Green, agreed that mango production in Cambodia has declined, while prices have recovered. He added that from October 2022 to date, the supply of mangoes decreased by about 50 to 70 per cent compared to the same period in the previous year.