According to the Cambodian Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, exports of fresh Cambodian longans to China reached 8,118 tons in the first eight months of 2023. This amounts to an increase of more than 3,720 per cent year-on-year. According to Ministry spokeswoman Im Rachna, the large increase is due to Chinese consumers becoming more and more aware of the quality of the fruit. She said that in August alone, fresh longan exports reached 3,250 tons, noting that Cambodian longans are being heavily promoted in various Chinese online marketplaces.

“The quality and delectable taste of our longan is now recognised by the Chinese people. During Prime Minister Hun Manet’s recent visit to China, he was served fresh Cambodian longan. This was a source of pride for the Kingdom’s fruit farmers,” she said.