Coronavirus impacts onion cultivation businesses

Myanmar onion price declines as there is no export due to COVID-19 pandemic. Photo: Myint Maung

With the significant decline of foreign demand because of the outbreak of worldwide viral infection, the local onion growers are facing difficulties with their farming businesses, according to the local onion growers from Pale Township, Sagaing Region.

The local farmers get only K310-K320 per viss. The price of onion is only K350-K360 per viss in Pakokku. Last year, the village market price of onion was K500-K700 per viss depending upon the onion size. The medium-sized onion fetched a good price.

However, the price of onion declined this year because of coronavirus pandemic. The price of onion declined because we could not export it,” said Ko Hmat Kyi, an online seller from Ta Nae Village in Pale Township.

The declining price of onion has impacted only the local farmers but also the local onion traders. Some onion traders stored over 30,000-40,000 visses to get a high price. The onion is harvested in April.

The stored onions can become a bit rotten over time. So, the traders are selling them at a lower price. The onions are grown mainly in Pale and Monywa townships in Sagaing Region, Pakokku, Myingyan and Seikphyu townships.

Because of the outbreak of viral disease worldwide, the onion and garlic are also selling for K700-K800 per viss even in Yangon Region. Previously, the prices of onion and garlic were above K1,000 per viss.  —Myint Maung (Translated by Hay Mar)

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