Myanmar exports fresh chilli to Thailand via Myawady border

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Earlier, Myanmar delivered fresh chilli to Thailand through the Myawady border with over 50 trucks per day. But this year, only about 10 trucks loaded with fresh chilli are crossing on the border daily, it is learnt.

The fresh chilli, which was planned to be exported to China via the Muse border checkpoint is being sent to Thailand via the Myawady land border, said Daw Ohnma Kyaw, chair of Myanmar Chilli Market and Technical Development Association.
The chilli from Kyaukse township could not be exported as the border checkpoint in Muse, one of the main border trading checkpoints for Myanmar-China border trade, were halted starting from 8 July. For that reason, Myanmar exported fresh chilli to Thailand via the Myawady border trade.
“Fresh chilli from Kyaukse township is highly relying on the Chinese market. Kyaukse chilli is also popular among foreigners. Now, China currently closed its border trade. So, the chillies from Kyaukse are exported to Thailand via the Myawady border checkpoint,” said Daw Ohnma Kyaw.
Although Myanmar exported its fresh chilli to Thailand via cross-border trade, the export of fresh chilli to Thailand sharply dropped this year, according to the association.
Earlier, Myanmar delivered fresh chilli to Thailand through the Myawady border with the use of over 50 trucks per day. But this year, only about 10 trucks loaded with fresh chilli are crossing on the border daily, it is learnt.
Further, the price of fresh chilli exported to Thailand is lower than the price registered last year. This year, the fresh chilli fetched only K3,000 per viss (a viss equals 1.6 kg). Last year, the price hit a record high of K5,000-6,000 per viss, the association stated.
Myanmar’s fresh chilli pepper is shipped to Viet Nam via the sea route and primarily sent to China and Thailand via land borders, Daw Ohnma Kyaw continued.
Myanmar chillies are grown mostly in the Ayeyawady region and Kyaukse township of the Mandalay region. The export varieties of fresh chilli pepper are 692, 777, 999, Kartar, Demon, Sunshine and Lucky One. — NN/GNLM

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