Cambodia to Export Mangos to South Korea and China Soon
AKP Phnom Penh, December 05, 2019 —
Exporting mangos to South Korea and China will be made possible soon while the government calls for investment on mango packaging factories and Heat Treatment facilities.
Speaking at a press conference organised by the Royal Government Spokesperson Unit at the Office of the Council of Ministers this morning, H.E. Ngin Chhay, Director General of Agriculture at the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries (MAFF) said the first round of ripe mango export to South Korea will be this month or next month as the mango exporters have contracted local mango farms.
Export to China also saw positive developments. “Chinese experts will make a second visit to selected mango farms in Cambodia before they make decision to allow import of mangoes from Cambodia to their market,” H.E. Ngin Chhay said, stressing Cambodia’s high hope to get in the Chinese market.
“We firmly expect to get new market in China which is the biggest market for mangos. As mentioned in the report made by Chinese experts in the first visit, our mangos are qualified to be exported to China, but only a few issues remained to be solved,” he continued.
Cambodia has potential mango plantation. Figures from the MAFF show that mangos are currently planted on over 100,000 hectares of land in Kampong Speu, Kampot, Battambang, and Banteay Meanchey provinces.
Cambodia now exports fresh mango and dry mango products to Thailand, Vietnam, France, Spain, Russia, and Hong Kong, he said, adding that the most exported mango variety is Keo Romeat.
Currently, Cambodia has only a Heat Treatment facility invested by Hyundai in Kampong Speu province. The facility, whose function is to clear all virus contained in mangos, is important for the mango export.
By Chea Vannak