Mandalay market sees bustling trade activity of tamarind on strong demand

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Strong domestic and foreign demand for Myanmar’s tamarind pushed up the price. The Mandalay market is having brisk sales of tamarind before the Thingyan Festival falling in April.
It is the harvest season of tamarind. They are abundantly flowing into the Mandalay market. The prices vary at K1,500 per viss with seeds and K2,400 for seedless ones. The price is pretty high for now, said U Soe Win Myint, an owner of Soe Win Myint depot.
“It is the year for tamarind to shine. The yield rate in the producing areas is forecast to increase this year. It has foreign demand beyond domestic consumption. At present, Bangladesh is purchasing them. Consequently, growers earn a healthy profit. The price is likely to go higher than that,” he continued.
Tamarind is yearly exported to China, India and Bangladesh. It is primarily produced in Kyaukpadaung, Popa, Pakokku, Myaing, Yamethin, Nawnghkio, Zeepingyi and Pinlebu towns. They will abundantly enter the market during the Thingyan period (mid-April). – Min Htet Aung (Mandalay Sub-Printing House)/EM

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