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Local firm plans massive shipment of mangoes

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A box of mangoes for sale in one of the local markets in Phnom Penh. Supplied

Kingdom Fruits International (KFI), a subsidiary of the Mong Reththy Group, plans to export 25.5 tonnes of fresh keo romeat mango to Europe before the end of the year, according to the owner and founder of the conglomerate.

Mong Reththy, known as the king of agriculture in Cambodia for his role running the large Mong Reththy Group, told Khmer Times his company has bought dozens of tonnes of the fruit from farmers in Oddar Meanchey, Kampong Thom and Kampong Speu and will be exporting it to France.

“KFI has collected and packed keo romeat mangoes from farmers across the nation,” he said, adding that his intention is to help local growers and give the sector a boost.

Khan Samban, the director of the department of agro-industry at the Ministry of Agriculture, told Khmer Times that the biggest markets abroad for Cambodian mango during the last year were Thailand and Vietnam.

“Keo romeat mangoes are very popular abroad,” he said. “Mr Reththy has his own kind of mango that he sends to the European Union, and he asks farmers to grow this particularly variety.”

In 2015, Cambodia signed an MoU with South Korea to support the sale of mangoes to the East Asian economic powerhouse. However, no shipments to South Korea have materialised yet because Cambodia lacks vapor heat treatment facilities to sterilise the fruit.

About 60,000 hectares of land is used to grow mangoes in Cambodia, according to the Ministry of Agriculture.

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