Local mango loved in Korea

PHNOM PENH (The Phnom Penh Post/ANN) - Cambodian mango is proving popular among Korean consumers, the Korean Trade-Investment Promotion Agency (Kotra) said, encouraging more local firms to export the fruit to the East Asian country.

Cambodian mango is proving popular among Korean consumers, the Korean
Trade-Investment Promotion Agency (Kotra) said, encouraging more local
firms to export the fruit to the East Asian country.

Speaking with Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Veng
Sakhon on Tuesday, Kotra director-general Jongsoo Shin said Koreans
greatly enjoy Cambodian mangoes.

“Fresh mango from Cambodia enjoys a warm welcome in South
Korea. This will help attract more Korean investors to Cambodia,” he
said.

Exports of Cambodian mangoes to South Korea begun in January after Korean authorities approved shipments of the fruit.

Kirirom Food Product (KFP) Co Ltd sales manager Mao Sophea
told The Post on Wednesday that her company is planning to export dry
mango to South Korea.

“We are looking for partners in South Korea because this market has great potential for Cambodian mango products,” Sophea said.

The company exports about 180 tonnes of dry mango products per year,
mostly to Australia, China, Japan, the Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam,
the United Kingdom, and the US.

“On average, the company processes about 60 tonnes of fresh mango per day,” Sophea said.

As many as 300 tonnes of mangoes are processed every day in the
Kingdom for export, the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries
recently said.

Sakhon said his ministry has introduced several reforms and new policies to aid the agriculture sector.

“We are focusing on promoting aquaculture and husbandry, modernising
agriculture, introducing better standards of quality and improving
packaging. The goal is to meet the rising demand for Cambodian products
here and abroad and to reduce imports,” he said.

According to a report from the ministry, in January and February,
Cambodia exported 16,868 tonnes of fresh mangoes to Thailand, Vietnam,
France, Russia, South Korea, and Hong Kong.

There are more than 100,000ha of mango farms in the country. Kampong
Speu, Battambang, Kampot and Banteay Meanchey provinces are known for
having the best mangoes in Cambodia.

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