Myanmar avocados to be exported at cheap logistic

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Avocado plants bearing quality fruits. Photo: Kanu

Myanmar ships quality avocados to foreign countries, and the Shan State government and partner organizations make efforts to transport the avocado via waterway to India following a purchase proposal made by an Indian company.
The ceremony marking the 75th anniversary of the establishment of Myanmar-India diplomatic relations was held at the Myanmar Embassy to India on 22-23 December. On that day, the beans, pulses, and avocados produced in Myanmar were introduced at the event, and the Hass variety achieved large interest and offers. In the export sector, the shipment via waterways can save the transportation charges more than the flights, so the Shan State government, Myanmar Trade Promotion Organization, and Myanmar Avocado Producer and Exporter Association work together to establish a cold storage facility in Taunggyi.
Efforts are also being made to export avocados to China under the G-to-G agreement while melons, muskmelons, and mangoes are being exported to China. In 2018, six budding avocado species imported from California of the US were grown as trial plants, and the plantation was successful to a certain extent. Of these six varieties, the demand for Hass avocado has gained success in the market. Currently, Hass avocados are exported to Thailand, Singapore, and Malaysia, and Bahrain negotiated to purchase Myanmar avocados, and the country transported avocados to Bahrain by flights initially, and other European countries also eye Myanmar avocados.
To create a market via exports, the Myanmar Trade Promotion Organization (Taunggyi) and Myanmar Avocado Producer and Exporter Association showcased Myanmar avocados at the Nanning trade fair in China in October, and the events grabbed opportunities for market connection. The avocado season is from November and January, and the country exports about 5,000 tonnes of avocados to Thailand.
In Myanmar, there are two types of avocados -resident avocados and grafted avocados. They are mainly grown in Shan State (South), Mandalay Region, Kachin State, Chin State, and Sagaing Region (Naga Region). The avocados from Shan State (South) are exported most. The country produces between 4,000 and 5,000 tonnes of avocados while there are 1,500-25,00 tonnes of grafted avocados. Although the grafted avocado yield is high this year, there are substandard ones due to climate change and high agrochemical costs, and entry to the local market is on the rise this year.
In the global market, the avocado fetches five US dollars per kilo at its highest, and the export charge by flight is three dollars per kilo, so the officials are working hard to ship via sea route. In 2022, the country exported about 1,500 tonnes of grafted avocados and it is also estimated to export about 2,500 tonnes in 2023.
Peru is now the leading supplier of avocados to Europe. At a trade fair, a nation that exports avocados to the global market also showed huge interest in Myanmar avocados. Indonesia, the Philippines, Malaysia, and Viet Nam also export avocados. The cheap logistics, official export permit, and solid market of Myanmar avocados can earn tax for the country and the increase in plantation can earn foreign incomes. — Nyein Thu(MNA)/KTZH

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