China is one of the key importers of Cambodia's agricultural produce in 2022, according to a report released by the Cambodian Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries
The report stated that China purchased a number of Cambodian agricultural products, particularly milled rice, yellow bananas, mangoes, cassava, cashew nuts, corns, longans and pepper, among others.
It also added that 689,702 tons of Cambodian agricultural products had been shipped to China from January-November in 2022.
Commenting on China’s potential in this sector, Cambodian Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Dith Tina, said, "Cambodia and China have solid agricultural cooperation, and we have exported rice, mangoes, bananas, and, most recently, longans to China.
"I would like to encourage all stakeholders of the two countries to promote closer and closer cooperation to find new, better, and more effective ways to respond to the potential we have."
According to Tina, the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) agreement and the Cambodia-China Free Trade Agreement (CCFTA), which took effect in January last year, have injected a new impetus into the development of Cambodia's agriculture.
"The RCEP and the CCFTA are all free trade agreements that mutually open the market in all participating countries, thus giving farmers choices to export their agricultural products to various countries," he continued. "Both FTAs will contribute not only to the agriculture sector's growth, but also to the farmers' welfare and prosperity."
Agriculture is one of the four pillars supporting Cambodia's economy, contributing 24.4% to the country's GDP in 2021.