Mango plantations to be protected from fruit fly for export quality

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Myanmar’s mangoes are primarily shipped to China, and also to India, Bangladesh, Thailand, the Republic of Korea, Singapore, and Japan.  Photo: Min Htet Aung (Man Sub-Printing house)

After surveying Mandalay region, the protection and suppression measures are being carried out as one-year project starting from the first week of January to control fruit fly on Mango plantations, according to Mandalay Region Plant Protection Division.
Mandalay Region Plant Protection Division Assistant Director Daw Kay Thi Wai said that after conducting the survey, the project will be carried out with the assistance of the People’s Republic of China by a joint team comprising Yangon Plant Protection Head Office, Fruit Fly Protection section, Mandalay region plant protection division, post-harvest technology training school and mango growers. The survey will be conducted on the mango farmlands in Kyaukse township, Singu township and Patheingyi township.
“We will formulate the project regarding the fruit fly on the mango. The project will be carried out in a multi-versatile method to protect fruit flies from mango plants. The survey will also be conducted in Singu, Kyaukse and Patheingyi mango farmlands the whole year. We will collect and verify as to how many fruit flies fall on the mango tree. Then, we will consider how we can control and protect the mango plants from them,” she explained.
This project is mainly focussed on the Seintalone mango. Then, the protection activities will be carried out in Mandalay region, Shan State (South) and Bago region, where the mangoes are grown mostly. The awareness will also be provided to the local farmers in post-pandemic period.
“Mango is one of the export fruits in Myanmar. When we export the mango, the foreign traders reject them just because the fruit flies fall on the mangoes. So, it is essential to export good quality products. Mango will be given priority to get high-quality products,” said Day Kay Thi Wai.
Of about 200 mango varieties originated in Myanmar, Seintalone, Shwehintha, Padamyar Ngamauk, Yinkwe, Machitsu varieties are primarily grown. The foreign market prefers Seintalone variety. Myanmar’s mangoes are primarily shipped to China, and also to India, Bangladesh, Thailand, the Republic of Korea, Singapore, and Japan. —Min Htet Aung (Man Sub-Printing House) (Translated by Hay Mar)

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