Growers eye EU market for value-added Hsipaw pineapple products

Sri-Lanka-listed company in Shwelinban industrial zone of Yangon are buying a large volume of pineapples from Hsipaw town of northern Shan State to add value and ship the value-added pineapple products to EU market, local growers said.
A grower called San Lin managing 200 acres of pineapple in Nantyan village of Hsipaw town elaborated that pineapple can be grown throughout the year. We primarily cultivate the pineapple plant in March, April and May. Hsipaw town is the leading producer of Myanmar’s pineapples. Moreover, the pineapple plants are free from pesticide. Sri-Lanka listed company in Yangon Shwelinban Industrial Zone are processing dehydrated pineapple and currently exporting them to Germany.
The pineapples are also distributed in Yangon, Mawlamyine of Mon State, Nay Pyi Taw, Monywa of Sagaing and Mandalay markets.
The fresh pineapples still cannot be exported to the foreign market through legitimate trade.
“Pineapple cultivation is easy. We make the wide spacing of plants, allowing 9 feet between plants. The plants bear fruits in ten months. The fruits can be harvested after 120-150 days,” U San Lin explained.
China is the primary buyer of Myanmar’s pineapples, and it has banned importation since 16 June 2019. The Phytosanitary Certificate (PC) issued by Myanmar’s Agriculture Department is required for export to China. At present, the pineapple growers are expecting the exports to China. Therefore, Myanmar Pineapple Producers and Exporters Association has asked the Agriculture Department to issue the PC soon.
Earlier, 50 per cent of pineapple production is consumed locally, and the remaining goes to China.
Therefore, Myanmar growers want legitimate trade channel to Yunnan Province.
At present, the Ministry of Commerce is trying to penetrate other foreign markets, cooperating with Myanmar Fruits, Flowers and Vegetables Producers and Exporters Association.
Myanmar yearly exports nearly 40,000 tonnes of pineapples to China. Last year, pineapple grower groups from northern Shan State lost over K700 million worth 25,000 tonnes.
Growers can grow around 6,000-10,000 pineapple plants and up to 15,000 plants in an acre if an advanced growing technique is used.
The cultivation costs approximately K1 million per acre. Previously, an acre earned about K2.5 million, with the price ranging K350 to 750 per pineapple. Therefore, it is a lucrative fruit for the growers.
Myanmar earlier shipped about 300-500 tonnes of pineapple per day.
Although pineapple is not listed on the green channel list of General Administration of Customs China, the association requests the government to negotiate with Yunnan provincial government for official trade. — Nan Htet Htet Chit, Thiri
(Translated by Ei Myat Mon)

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