Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - First mango export factory planned

First mango export factory planned

Farmers transport mangoes in Kandal province’s Loeuk Dek district last month.
Farmers transport mangoes in Kandal province’s Loeuk Dek district last month. Heng Chivoan

First mango export factory planned

Mong Reththy Group is co-investing $2 million to build a factory in Preah Sihanouk province for the packaging and export of Cambodian mangoes, the first company to formally ship the fruit overseas.

Located in Koe Phos commune, the factory will cover 12 hectares of land and is a joint investment with Singaporean company King Fruit. Operations won’t start until late 2014, at the earliest.

Oknha Mong Reththy, president of the eponymous firm, said yesterday that mango cultivation in Cambodia has ramped up over the past decade, but until now the fruit hasn’t been directly exported to markets outside the country.

To change that, Cambodia needed a processing factory for the washing, storing, packaging and testing of mangoes to guarantee a fruit free of chemicals.

“We seek to export directly to Singapore, Japan and Korea,” he said. “The factory will contribute to increase the price of mangoes for Cambodian farmers.”

Farmers living along the Mekong have been planting more mango trees with the aid of a relatively new seed, the “Koe Romeat”.

The Koe Romeat mango needs a shorter time to bring in revenue, as it takes about three and a half years between planting the seeds and harvesting the fruit.

Nearly all mango farmers use the Romeat variety, as older seeds took up to 10 years on average to harvest. Reththy did not say how many tonnes of mangoes the factory planned on exporting per month or per year once operations start.

But mango farmers could be in for a sweet deal as the tycoon has to purchase the fruit locally. Reththy singled out Kampong Speu province as one area he’s interested in buying from.

Cambodian mangoes are typically exported to Vietnam and Thailand informally by individual traders. Afterwards, they are packaged and then exported to China, according to Chorn Dalis, a mango farmer who owns an 80-hectare property and who is also the director of PRL Co, a processing company producing dry mangoes.

She said Cambodian mango traders are facing difficulties in exporting the fruit to international markets because of their inability to meet sanitary standards and the insufficient quality of the fruit.

“I am happy to have a factory that can export mangoes from Cambodia,” Dalis said.

MOST VIEWED

  • Cambodia maintains 'Kun Khmer' stance despite Thailand’s boycott threat

    Cambodia has taken the position that it will use the term "Kun Khmer" to refer to the sport of kickboxing at the upcoming Southeast Asian (SEA) Games, and has removed the term Muay from all references to the sport. Despite strong reactions from the Thai

  • Chinese group tours return to Cambodia starting Feb 6

    Cambodia is among 20 countries selected by Beijing for a pilot programme allowing travel agencies to provide international group tours as well as flight and hotel packages to Chinese citizens, following a three-year ban. As the days tick down until the programme kicks off on February 6,

  • Capital-Poipet express rail project making headway

    The preliminary results of a feasibility study to upgrade the Phnom Penh-Poipet railway into Cambodia’s first express railway indicate that the project would cost more than $4 billion and would take around four years to complete. The study was carried out by China Road and

  • Thai boxers to join SEA Games’ Kun Khmer event

    The Cambodian SEA Games Organising Committee (CAMSOC) – together with the Kun Khmer International Federation (KKIF) and Khmer Boxing Federation – have achieved a “great success” by including Kun Khmer in the upcoming biennial multi-sports event on its home soil for the first time, said a senior

  • Bullets to bracelets: Siem Reap man makes waste from war wearable

    Jewellery is often made from valuable gemstones like emeralds or diamonds and precious metals like gold or silver, or valueless things like animal horns. But a man in Siem Reap has approached the manufacture of delicate pieces from a different angle. His unique form of

  • 61% of 2022 imports came from just 3 markets

    The three largest exporters to Cambodia – mainland China, Vietnam and Thailand – accounted for 60.94 per cent of the Kingdom’s total merchandise imports last year, at $18.245 billion, which was up 11.99 per cent over 2021, according to the General Department of Customs and Excise. Cambodia’s total imports