According to local media reports, Cambodia is accelerating its efforts to obtain market access to China for several of its agricultural products, with special priority being placed upon fresh mangos, longans, dragon fruit, coconuts, peppers and edible bird’s nests. Although the ongoing COVID-19 epidemic has brought some degree of inconvenience and uncertainty to these efforts, officials from both Cambodia and China are attempting to move the process forward.
Bananas are the only fruit from Cambodia that have so far been granted market access to China, but officials from Cambodia’s Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries predict that both longans and mangos are very likely to receive approval once the COVID-19 epidemic subsides.
Pailin province is a major longan-producing region in Cambodia. Each year, approximately 6,000 tons of longans from Pailin are exported to Thailand, accounting for 70% of the province’s total longan exports. On May 25, the vice governor of Pailin stated that market access to China would help diversify the export channels for the province’s longans, thus bringing greater profits to growers and exporters alike. He also expressed hope that the sector could attract additional investment to further develop the industry and make Cambodian longans more competitive in the international arena.