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Italian grape variety produces successful yield in Yamethin Township

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Italian grape variety will flow into markets in February. The current market prices of grapes move in the range of K2,500 to K6,000 depending on the quality and different varieties (Italian grape, RG, Black Queen, No.3 and Chun). Photo: Aik Thon

Italian grape variety is successfully produced in Yamethin Township, Mandalay Region and the growers expect the price to smash record high.
“It is called Italy Shwewah Jade in our region. It is of foreign origin. The growers started the experimental plantation of Italian grapes. The variety is rare so the price is pretty good. At present, it fetches over K5,000 per viss (a viss equals 1.6 kilogrammes). The price usually goes up in summer. The price is likely to reach a fresh peak if the prevailing market price is that high,” said U Myo, the grower-cum-producer.
This Italian grape is of better quality and taste compared to other local varieties. Moreover, it is suitable for commercial farming due to its high yield, a commercial-scale grower U Win Tint suggested.
“Last year, it was priced at around K2,500 per viss. This year, the price is expected to hike as this Italian grape has penetrated markets in Yangon and other big cities. Consumers can purchase other grape varieties (No.3 and BQ) all year-round. We still need to grasp market share for this variety in the domestic market. The grapes will be ready to be placed on the market in the coming month. The sweet flavour and great texture will attract buyers. A single plant can produce approximately 17 visses,” he added.
Italian grape variety will flow into markets in February. The current market prices of grapes move in the range of K2,500 to K6,000 depending on the quality and different varieties (Italian grape, RG, Black Queen, No.3 and Chun). — Aik Thon/GNLM

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