Ice apple from central Myanmar penetrates export market

Ice apple being processed at a factory.  Photo: MMAL
Ice apple being processed at a factory.  Photo: MMAL

Myanmar’s ice apple (also called sugar palm or toddy palm seed) will be placed at Chinese market this month.
An entrepreneur has opened a processing factory at Myingyan Economic Zone in Mandalay Region, with a view of exporting the ice apple to international markets.
The central region where toddy palm trees are common is faced with a shortage of toddy palm tappers. Jaggery price is also declining with some local people from the central part of the country struggling to survive from production of only jaggery and palm juice. Sometimes, palm fruits are used as snacks as well as feed stuff. It was considered a low-grade product. Some trees were even cut down to be used as firewood.
“I found toddy palm seeds in preserved can when I was in Europe. With the help of Chinese technology, I started up this business,” said U Thet Zaw, Green Momentum toddy palm seed processing frozen factory owner.
China contracted with the factory to purchase the toddy palm seeds. This enterprise allows the local people to earn a living. “We chose Myingyan economic zone and planned to start running the business prior to Thingyan festival. However, we ran it late due to delay in machinery. The season of palm seeds is nearly due to end. We have stockpiled two tons of value-added palm seeds. We have a plan to export about 20 tons. Next year, export volume will boosted to 60 tons,” he maintained. —Than Htike

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