Overview Objectives

This project aims to build capacity in Cambodian mango tree crop research, in varietal selection, crop growth management, pest and disease management, postharvest handling, and supply chain management.
Mango is Cambodia’s second most important fruit crop. The Royal Government of Cambodia intends to expand the domestic and export opportunities for mangoes. The Government signed an MOU in December 2015 with the South Korean Government to develop mango exports.
Cambodian mango varieties such as Keo Romeat are well regarded in Thai and Vietnamese markets, but constraints need to be addressed before mangoes can be exported on a large.
To enable Cambodia to compete at an international level, improvements need to be made across the whole production/market continuum, particularly to meet phytosanitary requirements. The project aims to develop and evaluate integrated crop management strategies; identify and prioritise key supply chain constraints including postharvest losses, packaging, storage and transport; design and implement a pathway to adoption of improved management options; and build capacity of the Cambodian research, development and extension system.
Outputs will include a variety of best-practice workshops and training resources, pest surveys, disease-free plant nurseries, safe pesticide techniques and a supply chain evaluation report. A separate component of research in Australia will examine the manipulation of fruit maturity and the biocontrol of a major pest, the fruitspotting bug. Lessons learned from each component will be applicable to the mango industry in both countries.

Project ID
HORT/2012/003
Project Country
Inactive project countries
Commissioned Organisation
Department of Primary Industries, Australia
Project Leader
Mr Mark Hickey
Email
mark.hickey@dpi.nsw.gov.au
Phone
02 6626 1277
Fax
02 6628 1744
Collaborating Institutions
Northern Territory Department of Primary Industry and Fisheries, Australia
Cambodia Agricultural Research and Development Institute, Cambodia
General Directorate of Agriculture, Cambodia
Royal University of Agriculture, Cambodia
University of Adelaide, Australia
Project Budget
$1,169,700.00
Start Date
01/09/2013
Finish Date
30/04/2017
Extension Start Date
01/05/2017
Extension Finish Date
31/12/2017
ACIAR Research Program Manager
Dr Richard Markham