Cambodian banana exports may reach 500,000 tons in 2022

The Cambodian Banana Association Alliance held a symposium for member companies in Phnom Penh on August 6. More than 50 representatives from alliance member companies and guests from all sectors attended the event.

Chen Qisheng, Vice President of Cambodia Chinese Chamber of Commerce and General Manager of China Inspection and Quarantine (CCIC) Cambodia Company, said at the meeting that the Cambodian Banana Association has provided a platform for information exchange and resource sharing for related companies in the Cambodian banana industry, and has become the link between the Cambodian government and the Cambodian banana industry. As a bridge from all walks of life, it has contributed to the export of Cambodian bananas to China in high quality and quantity.

The alliance is a non-profit, service-oriented industry association organization. It currently has 37 member companies, including 10 banana planting companies, 15 upstream companies covering banana seedlings, pesticides, chemical fertilizers, and organic fertilizers, logistics, shipping, and cold storage operations. There are 7 downstream enterprises and 5 banana buyers.

In May 2019, Cambodian bananas were exported to China for the first time, becoming the first Cambodian fruit shipped to China. In order to integrate the resources of the Cambodian banana industry and promote the stable export of Cambodian bananas to China, the Cambodian Banana Association was established in December 2020. According to the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries of Cambodia, Cambodia exported 218,000 tons of fresh bananas in the first half of 2022, all of which were sold to China. The annual export volume is expected to reach 500,000 tons, and fresh bananas have become Cambodia's largest export agricultural product. 

Source: People's Daily Online

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