The Agriculture Processing Centre (APC Centre) in Cambodia has met approval for Korean phytosanitary requirements and is ready to export mangoes to South Korea.
Hyundai Corporation managing director, Lee Chang-hoon said the facility was approved following inspections by the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries’ General Department of Agriculture; the Embassy of the Republic of Korea in Cambodia; and Kotra Korean Business Centre.
On 12 February the Department of Plant Protection Sanitary and Phytosanitary deputy director, Heng Chhun Hy said the facility could meet Korean phytosanitary requirements.
“By what we oversaw, the treatment facility is ready to export to Korea. The facility uses the latest model to control pesticides,” he said. “This will add more value [to the fruit] – especially mango – which is a potential for exports, and also we will be able to export to other destinations.”
“It will be a good example for the agricultural sector – we need more fruit treatment facilities to bring our mangoes to the international market,” said Chhun Hy.
APC Centre, which is owned by Hyundai Corporation in conjunction with Cambodian mango producer, Mao Legacy, plans to export 1,700 tonnes of mango to Korea in the first year of trade, with aims of increasing total exports to 50,000 tonnes following the addition of coconut, durian and mangosteen.
The companies own around 2,400ha of mango farms in Kampong Speu province, Cambodia.