Mango Prices Sliced as Covid-19 Crisis Sours Peak Season Sales

The Agriculture Ministry has instructed local farmers and producers to rethink their mango supply chains, as coronavirus-related economic disruptions have sent the price of the fruit plummeting during peak season.

Mango prices dropped by 60 percent from last year due to reduced orders for export as consumer spending has nosedived amid the Covid-19 pandemic, pushing some mango-processing businesses to temporarily suspend operations, the ministry said in a directive on Friday.

Prices of the fruit fell from 800 riel ($0.20) per kilogram last year to 320 riel ($0.08) per kilogram this month, and orders from processing plants were also down, according to the directive.

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