Mango traders urged to avoid flooding market in border

Flooding the market could damage the mango market during the early season. Moreover, only a handful of buyers follow lockdown in Shweli (Ruili), Khwarnyo fruit wholesale centre stated. “As China is stepping up the coronavirus containment measure, there are only a small number of buyers in border market”, said a trader from Shweli.
The market of Seintalone mango variety relies on the digital market via Wechat for Shweli traders. However, the lockdown in Shweli could affect the market to a large extent. For now, the traders need to ensure quality and good packaging for the same size. At present, about 70 per cent of mango (Seintalone variety) are entering the early maturity stage, which might harm the market. Transport with 16-tonne trucks is suggested to ease the traffic congestion at the border and reduce the freight rate. The mango growers are urged to supply quality mango to maintain the market reputation and observe market conditions.
Myanmar’s mango is expected to reach an 80 per cent market share in China, along with a high yield during the upcoming mango season, according to Myanmar Mango Market and Technology Development Association. Additionally, mango farm-owners need to follow Good Agricultural Practices (GAP). They also need to obtain GAP certification. The Agriculture Department has been instituting criteria for long-term organic farming, the association stated. Of about 200 mango varieties that originated in Myanmar, Seintalone, Shwehintha, Padamyar Ngamauk, Yinkwe, Machitsu varieties are primarily grown. The foreign market prefers the Seintalone type. Typically, Myanmar’s mangoes are primarily shipped to China and sent to India, Bangladesh, Thailand, the Republic of Korea, Singapore, and Japan.
Ayeyawady Region possesses the most extensive mango plantation acres, having about 46,000 acres. Bago Region is the second-largest producer with 43,000 acres, and Mandalay has 29,000 acres of mango. According to the association, there are over 24,000 acres in Kayin State, over 20,400 acres in Shan State and over 20,000 acres in Sagaing Region. — KK/GNLM

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