Myanmar ships nearly 100 tonnes of mango in 4 months

Myanmar exported nearly 100 tonnes of mango between April and July, and it will penetrate more foreign markets next year, said Vice-Chairman of Myanmar Mango Association. Only 20 tonnes were sent to Singapore market during the a-year-ago period. This year, the export volume increased to 100 tonnes. “Mango season has ended. Myanmar sees potential foreign market through maritime trade. That is why the trade bodies are exploring more markets,” she added. Myanmar’s fruit exports to China were battered by market disruption and instability, causing the traders and growers to suffer losses. The demand by China is deficient amid the COVID-19 crisis. Additionally, China’s market offers a lower price than last year’s rate.
Additionally, high-security measures in the light of COVID-19 in China’s border areas caused long queue, rendering quality loss to the fruits.
“Mango turns to Singapore market amid low demand by China. More exporters are eyeing Singapore market this year. Mango fetches a maximum of 130 Yuan per 16-kg basket this year, which drastically plunged from 160 Yuan registered last year,” said U Kyaw Soe Naing, secretary of Myanmar Mango Market and Technology Development Association.
The exporters set the price depending on the quality and size of the mango. During the opening season of mango, the entry of mango (Seintalone variety) at early maturity stage harmed the market, U Kyaw Soe Naing, general secretary of Myanmar Mango Market and Technology Development Association, told the Global New Light of Myanmar on 23 April. The mango growers are urged to supply the quality mango to maintain the market reputation, he said. 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.
Of about 200 mango varieties originated in Myanmar, Seintalone, Shwehintha, Padamyar Ngamauk, Yinkwe, Machitsu varieties are primarily grown. The foreign market prefers Seintalone variety. Typically, Myanmar’s mangoes are primarily shipped to China, and also to India, Bangladesh, Thailand, the Republic of Korea, Singapore, and Japan. In the 2017-2018 financial year, Myanmar exported 50,000 tons of Seintalone mangoes to the foreign trade partners. The country intended to raise the export volume of Seintalone to 100,000 tonnes in 2020, according to online news released by the Ministry of Commerce. 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. There are over 24,000 acres in Kayin State, over 20,400 acres in Shan State and over 20,000 acres in Sagaing Region, according to the association. — Than Zaw Min, Ko Htet (Translated by Ei Myat Mon)

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