Over 120 tons of watermelons, muskmelons sold at five-day fair

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A five-day Myanmar Watermelon and Muskmelon Fair took place from 29 February to 4 March at Myaypadethakyun in Yangon.
The sale of fruits was twice the expected volume, according to the Myanmar Fruit, Flower and Vegetable Producers and Exporters Association (MFVP).
The five-day fair was held from 29 February to 4 March to promote local consumption and demand. More than 120 tons of watermelons and muskmelons were sold at the fair, according to the MFVP.
“Chinese traders came to purchase watermelons and muskmelons in the border area. However, the demand could not be met like before because of the outbreak of disease. These days, around 200 truckloads are being exported to China. But, the price of watermelons and muskmelons is still on the decline,” said an official from the Muse trade zone under the Ministry of Commerce.
Myanmar earned more than US$300 million from the export of watermelons and muskmelons from the 2016-2017 to 2018-2019 financial years. In 2019, Myanmar exported more than 800,000 tons of watermelons and muskmelons to China.
Watermelons and muskmelons are grown across the country, except in Kayah and Chin states. There are 93,500 acres of watermelon and 34,150 acres of muskmelon farms in Myanmar, according to the Myanmar Watermelon and Muskmelon Producers and Exporters Association.—Aye Cho (Translated by Hay Mar)

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