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Can Cambodia's farmers reap the benefit of China trade deal?

Country's fruit growers dream of rivaling garments as top export earner

Bananas were Cambodia's first fresh fruit exported directly to China, starting in 2018, with shipments rising to $121 million last year from $8 million in 2019.   © Reuters

PHNOM PENH -- In early June, nine women in red gowns held platters of mangoes as Cambodian and Chinese dignitaries cut a red ribbon strung between the piles of tropical fruit.

Concluded with the release of balloons, the ceremony at a wholesale market in Hebei Province marked the arrival of the first fresh Cambodian mangoes shipped directly to China. Initial demand was impressive, reported FreshPlaza, a produce industry outlet, which quoted market spokesman Yang Jianfei.

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