Border reopening drives high demand for seasonal plums in China’s market


Since the border trade route between Myanmar and China reopened, the seasonal plums (Taiwan) have received good prices in export to the China market, said U Myint Swe, a plum cultivator and trader.
Since the second week of this month, plums have been delivered by 12-wheel trucks to the China market daily. Plums are priced at 85 Yuan for a carton of 110 large-size plums, 60 Yuan for a carton of 150 medium-size plums and 45 Yuan for a carton of 600-700 small-size plums. It is reported that plums are sold at a high price due to the competitive demand of wholesale buyers.
“We are getting handsome prices for plum export in the China market this year. Since the border trade route has reopened, the flow of goods is convenient and fetches attractive prices. Plum prices have turned out to be good as expected. Taiwan plums are in season at the end of December and can be plucked and sold till the end of March. The current prices of plums in Myanmar currency are K25,000 per carton for large sizes, K18,000 per carton for medium sizes and K8,000 per carton for small sizes. This year’s Taiwan plum price went up in leaps and bounds, benefiting everyone,” he added.
This year’s Taiwan plums are exported to the Chinese market and the domestic market every day. In exporting to the domestic market, it is mainly exported to Yangon and the lower regions of Myanmar, in addition to Lashio and Mandalay. There are over 500 plum acreages in Patheingyi Township and an acre of plum trees can generate K10 million. — Min Htet Aung (Mandalay Sub-printing House)/CT

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