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China grants local mangoes into market

Chhut Bunthoeun / Khmer Times Share:
Cambodia is to be allowed to export up to 500,000 tonnes of mangoes to China per year. KT/Pan Rachana

The first consignment of fresh Cambodian mangoes will soon be able to directly ship to the Chinese market. The quota allowed is up to 500,000 tonnes of quality mangoes per year, the Chinese embassy to Cambodia said yesterday.

Authorities between the two countries are planning to sign a phytosanitary protocol on Tuesday next week, allowing the Cambodian fruit to be available on sale in the world’s second-largest economy after bananas were allowed in August 2018.

The move came after expert teams between the two countries concluded technical problems concerning phytosanitary arrangements relating to the control of plant diseases.“The fruit’s direct shipment to China will contribute to a further improvement of the Kingdom’s agriculture development,” the embassy said.

The fruit officially began being exported to South Korea in January this year by South Korean-based company Hyundai Agro. The firm announced at the time that it sends both yellow and green mangoes weighing a total of between 5 to 20 tonnes every day to the market.

Veng Sakhon, Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, said last week that in addition to mangoes, Cambodia wanted a package of fruit exports to the market, rather negotiation one by one because it takes time.

Last July, the ministry published a list of agricultural products that will be prioritised, including fresh mangoes, Pailin longan, pepper, dragon fruit, fragrant coconuts and bird nests. He said there will be more discussions with Chinese authorities on the remaining prioritised fruits.Cambodia is still facing its own lack of vapour heat treatment or sterilisation facilities.

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