A ceremony was held here this morning to mark the first shipment of Cambodian Cavendish bananas to be exported to China.
The event was presided over by H.E. Veng Sakhon, Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries and H.E. Li An, Economic and Commercial Counsellor at the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in Cambodia.
H.E. Veng Sakhon appreciated the move and hoped that Cambodian bananas will gain more popularity in the Chinese market.
According to H.E. Veng Sakhon, the quantity of the first export is more than 100 tons, and more will be shipped in the future.
A total of 10 companies have applied to export Cambodian Cavendish bananas to China, but only five have been approved by the Chinese side.
H.E. Ngin Chhay, Director General of Agriculture said the export of agricultural products has increased in last five years. In 2018, Cambodia exported 4.23 million tons of agricultural products, up from only 3.44 million tons in 2014, he pointed out.
The main exported products are milled rice (626,225 tons), cassava (over 2.6 million tons), cashew (101,973 tons), corn (204,184 tons), green mangoes (102,475 tons) and bananas (32,821 tons).
Source: Agency Kampuchea Press