Mango growers troubled over rising cultivation costs

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Mango growers in Sagaing Region said they are facing difficulties due to an increase in the price of various inputs, such as fertilizers, insecticides, and farming gear. “The problems faced by mango growers include an increase in the prices of fertilizers, insecticides, and farming equipment. In addition, the poor state of agricultural roads is making it difficult to transport mangoes to the market,” said U Kyaw Myint, a mango grower from Depayinkwe Village.
He said his village needed a sale centre, where only growers who have been awarded Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) certificates,can sell quality products. That would attract more attention from merchants of such products and encourage other local growers to cultivate crops under the GAP system, U Kyaw Myint added. In Sagaing Region, seven mango growers were the first to obtain GAP certification in 2017. Nineteen mango growers got GAP certificates the following year, and 14 mango growers were awarded the certificates this year.
“In Depayinkwe Village alone, there are roughly 3,000 mango plantations run by about 300 farmers, and they estimate that approximately 10,000 mangoes are likely to be produced this season,”U Kyaw Myint added.
Ko Hmway, another mango grower, said growers are getting a good price for mangoes this season, especially in the export market. However, they are facing high cultivation costs. Currently, the price of fertilizers, farm trucks, and pumping machines is increasing in the market, he said.
At present, a 15-kg box of mangoes is priced at about K12,000 in the market. Last year, growers received only K10,000 per box, he added.—Win Oo, Myo Win Tun (Trans: Khaing Thanda)

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