Chinese firm Green Island Ecological Agriculture announced plans to export Cambodian bananas in the near future, with the company in the process of obtaining the necessary sanitary and phytosanitary certificates.
Export plans are in a very primal stage, with the company now beginning to plant the crop over 500 hectares of land in Kratie province, said Hean Vanhan, director-general of the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF), who also added that the next step for the Chinese company will be to build a processing and a packaging factory for the fruit.
“It is the second company planting yellow bananas for export. This is good sign that Cambodia’s agricultural industry remains attractive,” Mr Vanhan said.
Green Island has already made a few shipments of the commodity to Europe to test the market. Now the company is seeking MAFF’s support to accelerate the process of meeting the sanitary and phitosanitary requirements of the Chinese market.
“China is their main target market. They are seeking our help to meet the stringent requirements of the Chinese market,” Mr Vanhan said.
“Unlike other markets like the European Union, to export to China you first need to meet a series of sanitary requirements and obtain the right certificates,” Mr Vanhan explained.
The Hoang Anh Andong Meas Company already exports bananas from Cambodia to China, via Vietnam. The company grows the fruit in Ratanakkiri’s Sambor district.
In October, Veng Sakhon, the Minister of Agriculture, revealed plans to invest in the study and exportation of chicken egg bananas, another variety of the popular fruit known as “chek pong moan” in Khmer.