Growers turn to produce dried mango flakes amid low demand from China

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Women making the dried flakes of ripe mango pulps. Photo: Htet Htar Naing (IPRD)

With the decline of mango demand from China because of difficulty in road transportation caused by coronavirus disease, the production of the dried flakes of mango pulp is rising, according to the dried sheet of mango pulp makers.
“Although mangoes are purchased from China, the demand for mango has declined this year compared to last year. Previously, we can go to China in one night. Now, we have to go to China in two days. When we reached China, the mangos are already ripe. Also, entering China has been difficult these days and the price of mango has also declined. The local mango growers are thus making the dried sheet of mango pulp. This year, they make the more dried sheet of mango pulp. If the mango could not reach the market, we have to make the dried sheet of mango pulp. The mango growers also make the green mango as pickled mango and sour pickled mango,” said Ma Su Su, the dried sheet of mango pulp maker from Gaidton village, Hse Taung village-tract, Patheingyi Township. Before we make the dried sheet of mango pulp, we have to clean the mango and peel it. Then, we have to circumcise the mango skin. Then, we have to blend the mango by setting fire to it to get the mango paste. When we get the mango paste, we have to oil the plastic and put the mango paste on it. Then, we have to sundry them.
“This year, we will get the more dried sheet of mango pulp. Last year, there were only 100 or 200 visses. We cannot send the mango to other places. So, the mangos are overripe. So, we have to make the dried sheet of mango pulp. The mango growers cannot wait for road transportation to become normal,” she added.
The dried flake mango pulps are sent mostly to Yangon region as well as to other regions. The dried sheet mango pulps are treated as a snack. If the dried pulps are kept in a cool and dry place, the flakes can be eaten the whole year. —Htet Htar Naing (IPRD) (Translated by Hay Mar)

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