Orange price in Shan South drops double amid COVID pandemic

The price of orange produced from Shan State (South) has dropped double this year, compared to that of last year as a direct result of the COVID-19 outbreak, according to the local farmers.
The truckloads of fruits are not easy to transport daily in such a pandemic period like this. So, the truck fares have hiked double. There is also less number of travellers who reached the region, according to the local farmers.
“The oranges from Shan State (South) do not reach the market because the trucks could not leave the state without permission. The truck charges are also doubled. The traders also demand the fruits at a low price because of rising truck fares. Now, we are sending the oranges to Aungban at a lower price caused by declining demand. We are facing difficulty to hire the trucks, said a local orange grower.
Last year, the price of big oranges was K2,000 per viss while a small one got K1,000 per viss. This year, the big oranges fetched K800 per viss while the small ones are sold for K400 per viss.
With the low price of orange this year, the local growers are selling the fruits by themselves on the roadsides. However, they could not get much profit because there is less number of travellers in this period.
The oranges are grown mostly in Yegu village, Thitpingyi village and Htee Young village in Pinlaung township. Last year, the oranges from Pinlaung township were sent to Yangon, Mandalay, Aungban and Loikaw. —Zin Yaw Aye (Translated by Hay Mar)

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