Farmers make plum mango jam as fruit price falls

A woman cooks halved marian in the pan to make jam.  Photo: Khon Winpa
A woman cooks halved marian in the pan to make jam.  Photo: Khon Winpa

Farmers in villages near Thuwannawady town of Mon State have reaped a good harvest of plum mango, a seasonal fruit, also known as gandaria or marian, this year. But, with prices falling due to abundant supply, they have turned to producing plum mango jam to earn a profit.
“This year, plum mango yield has been rather high, allowing plum mango jam-makers to purchase a large volume of fruits. There are two kinds of fruit used to make plum mango jam, which have different prices. The estimated price of plum mango is K5,000 per basket. We sell them to plum mango traders and they sell them back to jam-makers. The price of plum mango jam is K10,000 per viss in the market. So, local growers are making plum mango jam whenever they have free time. To make jam, fresh marian is cut in half and deseeded. Then, the fruit is kept in burnt lime for a night. After that, the fruit is cleaned with cold water many times. Next, a four hundred-fruit pot is put on the stove and one and a half or two visses of sugar and some salt are added to it. The pot needs to be stirred for an hour to make tasty plum mango jam. We get over one viss of plum mango jam from each pot. Marian jam is selling for K7,000-8,000 per viss in the village. The jam is made for sale and gifting. It is easy to make marian jam. We only need a pot made of copper,” said Naw Mi Nge, a marian jam-maker from Win Pa village.
Seasonal fruits such as durian, pomelo, lime, lemon, and marian are grown in the township. Local residents are making jam from seasonal fruits on a manageable scale to earn extra income.
The Mon State Cottage Industries Department is offering fruit jam-making courses, in addition to providing the necessary advice and technology.
Myanmar still needs to make efforts to expand production of value-added products from fruits and fresh fast-foods with attractive packaging. — Khon Winpa (Translated by Hay Mar)

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