Myanmar exports more muskmelons to China this fiscal year

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A farmer works at an organic muskmelons farm in Nay Pyi Taw. Photo: Aye Min Soe

Muskmelon exports to China in the last 10 months of the current fiscal year (FY) reached more than 56,900 tonnes, at an estimated value of US$11.6 million, according to news released by the Ministry of Commerce yesterday.
During the same period last FY, more than 44,400 tonnes, worth $9.07 million, were exported to China.
A tonne of muskmelon fetched a minimum price of 1,500 yuan and a maximum price of 8,500 yuan last year, whereas the prices saw a slight decrease this year, ranging from 1,000 yuan to 6,200 yuan. The prices of muskmelons vary, depending on their quality.
Myanmar’s muskmelons are sent out to China through the Muse 105th mile, mostly between November and December. Muskmelons are grown in the Mandalay, Sagaing and Bago regions. The growing demand from China has encouraged growers to expand their muskmelon cultivation farms.
Growers need to adopt advanced growing methods to boost the production and quality of fruits to penetrate more foreign markets.

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