Cambodian coconuts are expected to be exported to the Chinese market​

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[INNEWS comprehensive report] Mak Soeun, deputy director of the General Administration of Agriculture of the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries of Cambodia, and Chen Yongqing, a senior official of the General Administration of Customs of China (GACC), recently held a video conference to jointly promote the agreement on the plant inspection and quarantine requirements for Cambodian coconut exports to China.

Suong Noy, founder of the Cambodian Fragrant Coconut Planting Community and Deputy Secretary-General of the One Village One Product Promotion Committee, said that it would be a good thing if Cambodia had the opportunity to export coconuts to China. However, the current supply of coconuts in Cambodia is not enough, and it still needs to import from Thailand and Vietnam to meet the domestic market demand.

Suong Noy revealed that Cambodia needs at least five more years or an additional planting of 2 million coconut trees to meet domestic supply and export demand. Currently, there are only about 1 million coconut trees in Cambodia. In recent years, members of the Cambodian coconut community have expanded their planting area year by year, especially during the COVID-19 epidemic in 2020, farmers are scrambling to plant coconut trees.

It is predicted that coconuts will start to be harvested one after another in 2023, and from 2025, Cambodia will have more coconuts to meet the domestic market demand, but there will be no oversupply. Suong Noy pointed out that during the dry season, the price of a coconut ranges from 1,500 riel to 2,300 riel, and in the rainy season, it ranges from 2,300 riel to 2,800 riel. Despite the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, prices and demand for coconuts have remained stable and there have never been market problems.

To this end, Suong Noy encouraged farmers with large tracts of land to consider planting coconuts, occupying at least 20% of the land area, as coconuts are an easy crop to grow and maintain, and one planting can be harvested within 30 years, with monthly harvests . Even if it needs to be planted for more than 4 years, it can be harvested.

It is understood that coconuts are mainly planted in Kampong Speu Province, Kampot Province, and Sihanoukville, and have expanded to other provinces, namely: Kampong Chhnang Province, Pursat Province, Battambang Province, Banteay Meanchey Province, Kampong Thom Province, Svay Rieng Province and Siem Reap Province.