South Korea is set to increase Burmese agricultural imports, according to Burma’s Ministry of Commerce.
Korean government officials and representatives of the ASEAN-Korea Centre met with the ministry on Tuesday to iron out plans to begin the import of four fruits: dragonfruit, mango, mangosteen and pomelo.
Quality control regulations, food safety standards and organic cultivation methods were also discussed.
South Korea currently imports these products from the Philippines, Vietnam and Thailand. Of the four, mango is their largest import.
Yong Tae Kim, an official from South Korea’s animal and plant quality control agency, said that mango is the most popular imported fruit among Koreans, and is subject to an eight-step quality control process before entering the Korean market.
Prior to the deal, Burma has maintained other successful trade relations with South Korea. Various pulses, tobacco leaves, dried fruit and raw materials used for traditional medicine are regularly exported to South Korea.