The price of chilies from Pyawbwe, Yamethin, Tatgone, and Kyaukse townships has doubled from the level recorded during the same period of last year, according to the Mandalay market.
Due to corresponding demand from Thailand and China, the price of chilies has currently risen to K5,500 per viss (one viss equals 1.6 kg) from K2,200 in the year-ago period. After the Thingyan festival, there was a large demand from Thailand and China for fresh chilies, said U Soe Win Myint from the Mandalay commodity depot.
“Chili growers are delighted with the chili plantation this year due to the high demand from foreign markets and the doubling of price. Moreover, China and Thailand markets have begun to purchase fresh ripe chili at K6,000 per viss. At present, local businesses have started using modern packaging machines for dried chilis and cold storages for fresh chilies, in order to produce quality local products,” he added.
At present, the price of chili is ranging between K5,500 and K10,000 per viss. Not only growers, but also residents in Pyawbwe and Yamethin townships are planting chilies as the crop is flourishing in those regions. —Min Htet Aung (Mandalay sub-printing house)
(Translated by La Wonn)