- Cambodia’s agricultural products exported to Vietnam account for the majority of total exports.
- Cambodia is a country with strong competitiveness in agricultural products in Southeast Asia.
- With high productivity and increasing quality agricultural products, Cambodia is promoting the development of many other high-quality products.
The Cambodian Trade Office in Vietnam said that in the first eight months of this year, Cambodia exported 5.54 million tons of agricultural products to 66 countries, an increase of 89.68% over the same period in 2020. In particular, many Cambodian agricultural products exported to Vietnam increased sharply and accounted for the majority.
For example, Cambodia’s rice was exported to Vietnam by 2.38 million tons in 8 months, representing an increase of 1.1 million tons (equivalent 85.93 percent) over the same time in 2020. Cambodia shipped 355,550 tons of fresh cassava roots to Vietnam, accounting for 75.7 percent of total cassava exports; the remainder was exported to Thailand. Regarding cashew nuts, Cambodia exports to a number of countries such as Vietnam, China, Thailand, Japan, India, etc. In which, the export volume to Vietnam is 869,540 tons, accounting for 99.2% of the country’s total cashew export turnover.
Similarly, with a total output of 24.47 million tons, Cambodian pepper exported to Vietnam accounted for nearly 100 percent of the total. Other items, such as green beans, were exported to Vietnam in 23,230 tons, a fivefold increase over the same period in 2020. Soybean and corn exports to Vietnam also account for much larger quantities than to other countries. Fruit products such as banana, grapefruit, fresh mango, and fresh mango jam are also exported to Vietnam in large quantities.
Improve quality, increase competitiveness
Cambodia is a country with significant competitiveness in agricultural products in Southeast Asia, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). This country’s agricultural products have great yields and increased quality, making them attractive in many countries.
For example, Cambodia’s pepper farmers are less intensive than Vietnamese farmers but their productivity is always at the top of the region with 6.4 tons per hectare, while Vietnam’s productivity is only half of this neighboring country. About 95% of Cambodia’s annual pepper harvest is for export, with two major consumption sources being Vietnam and Thailand.
Cambodia is also promoting many other high-quality agricultural products. In which, fruit is being promoted by Cambodia in terms of area and increased supply, helping the country to become more and more competitive in the markets of China, Thailand, and the Philippines.