Export of Monywa winter onions plummets by 70%

Trucks loaded of onions seen in Monywa.  Photo:  Myo Win Tun
Trucks loaded of onions seen in Monywa.  Photo: Myo Win Tun

With the decreasing demand from foreign markets, exports of winter onions from Monywa Township has dropped by 70 per cent compared to the corresponding period of last year, said Ko Han Naing Oo, an owner of Aung Kaung Pyae Onion Depot in Monywa town.
About three trucks loaded of onions were exported to border checkpoints every week in early April last year. This year, only one truck per week is seen at the border.
Consequently, the onions are sent to only domestic markets for now.
“There are around 7,300 acres of onion plantations in Monywa Township. The onions were previously exported to China, India and Bangladesh. Now, they are distributed to Yangon, Mandalay and Mawlamyine markets,” he added.
The onion growers, as well as traders, are experiencing market fallouts due to the current Covid-19 outbreak. As a result of this, the workers engaged in onion depots are suffering financial hardship, said a depot worker. — Myo Win Tun (Translated by Ei Myat Mon)

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