Nay Pyi Taw plans to extend tomato plantations

Farmers in Nay Pyi Taw will grow more tomatoes after earning handsome profit. Photo: Kyaw Kyaw

The local growers from Nay Pyi Taw are planning to extend tomato plantations because tomato cultivation can make a handsome profit, according to the local tomato growers.
“The tomato retailers come to buy the tomatoes, which were irrigated in August on the tomato farmland. The tomato growing has brought 60 per cent profit to the local growers. The local growers will extend the tomato plantations instead of growing other crops, said a local grower from Nay Pyi Taw tomato plantations.
One acre of tomato plantation can produce six truckloads of tomatoes. This year, the tomatoes are irrigated with the result that there is a high yield. The tomatoes are grown every season, and the products are sent to Mandalay, Kyaukme, Myingyan, Nay Pyi Taw, Yangon, Monywa and Aungban markets.
One box of tomatoes weighing 20 visses is sold for K30,000-K38,000 depending upon the tomato size. Of the several varieties of tomatoes, Myanmar-Shan tomato and Myanmar tomato are cultivated. But Myanmar tomatoes are more likely to be consumed in the country.
The price of tomato slightly dropped in April and May because of the pandemic. Then, the tomato price is rising again in the market. Myanmar tomato gets a higher price.
One acre of plantation can cultivate around 5,000-7,000 plants of tomato. —Aye Maung (Translated by Hay Mar)

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