Myanmar to ship seedless watermelon to Dubai

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Local growers face declining prices of watermelon in Natogyi-Myingyan market.  Photo: Supplied

By Nyein Nyein

Myanmar will start exporting seedless watermelon to Dubai market in early December, said U Naing Win, chair of Myanmar Watermelon and Muskmelon Producers and Exporters Association.
For the first time, 25 tonnes of Myanmar’s seedless watermelon will be shipped on 6 December, he continued.
“Traders from Dubai, UAE ordered 25 tonnes of seedless watermelon. The melons are scheduled to ship on 6 December. It will take about 17 days to reach Dubai. If they like our melon, they will purchase the melons the whole year,” he said.
“Myanmar has a plan to expand its market to Hong Kong SAR, UAE and Qatar”, the association stated.
The seedless watermelon is grown in Sagaing, Mandalay and Bago regions. The harvest season is from November to May. At the present time, the melons are primarily sent to China through the land border.
The COVID-19 impacts trigger difficulties in watermelon and muskmelon exports to China in the previous financial year. The growers and traders suffer a loss due to the drop in prices.
Myanmar yearly exports over 800,000 tonnes of watermelon and about 150,000 tonnes of muskmelons to China, the association stated. (Translated by Ei Myat Mon)

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