Cambodia and China today signed a protocol of phytosanitary requirements for fresh mango exports to China, a move to open more market for Cambodia’s agricultural products.
The protocol was signed here at the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF) between H.E. Veng Sakhon, Minister of MAFF and Chinese Ambassador to Cambodia H.E. Wang Wentian, with participation of Cambodian officials, mango farm owners and Chinese investors.
Speaking at the function, H.E. Veng Sakhon said that the signing ceremony reflects a significant cooperation between the two countries and it contributes to Cambodia’s agricultural development.
“China is the big market for mango fruit. Exporting mangoes to China will contribute to developing Cambodia’s agricultural sector, helping farmers in finding markets for their harvested commodities,” H.E. Minister said.
“After the signing, Cambodian mangos are eligible to be shipped to Chinese market,” he said, adding that those eligible mango exports have to get certificates from the General Administration of Customs of China (GACC) through the phytosanitary inspection.
The protocol is to allow Cambodian and Chinese officials to work together to determine and check the phytosanitary practices at mango farms in Cambodia.
Chinese officials from GACC will make visits to Cambodia to inspect the qualified mango farms before issuing the phytosanitary certificates, H.E. Veng Sakhon underlined.
Chinese Ambassador H.E. Wang Wentian noted that Cambodia is rich in potential fruits which are in high demand in China.
“I hope that more agricultural products from Cambodia, after mangos, will reach Chinese market.” The ambassador said. “Officials from both sides will continue working together to boost the export of more agricultural products from Cambodia to China.”
According to the Chinese Embassy, Cambodia can export up to 500,000 tonnes of high quality mangos to China per year.
H.E. Veng Sakhon called on private sector to invest in installing Vapor Heat Treatment, a facility to remove diseases from mangos before exporting to China so that our mangos meet the standard required by the Chinese side.
Twenty (20) mangoes farms, including Chinese-owned farms, have registered and applied for phytosanitary inspection from the ministry and Chinese experts, pointed out H.E. Veng Sakhon.
MAFF’s figures show that Cambodia exported 44,099 tonnes of mangos to foreign markets in the first five months of this year, a 50 percent increase compared to the same period last year. Cambodia’s mango markets are Thailand, Vietnam, France, Russia, South Korea, and China’s Hong Kong.
Mango plantations cover a total area of 124,319 hectares nationwide and produce some 1.44 million tonnes of fresh mangoes each year, which will be able to increase the country’s mango exports.
Source: Agency Kampuchea Press