Cambodia exported over 1.5 million tonnes of cassava products to international markets in the first four months of 2021, up from 1.3 million in the same period of last year, according to data from the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries.
Cambodia exported more than 1.11 million tonnes of cassava, cashew nuts and fresh mangoes to Vietnam in the first three months of 2021, up by nearly 149 per cent despite the two countries tightening their borders over fears of the spread of Covid-19.
Exports of fresh cassava, cassava chips, cashew nuts and fresh mangoes amounted to 242,750 tonnes, 336,151.56 tonnes, 85,687 tonnes and 446,834 tonnes, respectively, up by 85 per cent, 82 per cent, 933.84 per cent and 267.13 per cent over January-March 2020, the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries reported.
Minister Veng Sakhon said this rise reflects the results of the hard work put in by farmers and stakeholders who have implemented the government’s agricultural policy to boost production and ensure food security and a healthy food economy.
“During the ongoing global spread of Covid-19, the agricultural sector in Cambodia has increased the export of agricultural products to neighbouring countries,” he said.
Cambodia Chamber of Commerce vice-president Lim Heng noted that Thailand and Vietnam are the main markets for Cambodian raw materials.
“Most agricultural products are exported to Vietnam and Thailand, which are important markets for Cambodian farmers because we lack the capital to help to buy from farmers for stockpiling,” he said.
However, shipments of the these three cash crops to Thailand saw a four per cent year-on-year drop in January-March, according to ministry statistics.