Poor timing in tomato cultivation led to unstable price

DSC 0103 72 A worker preparing to transport tomatoes harvested from farmland in Inle Lake to markets. Photo Aye Min Soe copy
A worker preparing to transport tomatoes harvested from farmland in Inle Lake to markets.  Photo – Aye Min Soe

Myanmar tomato growers are weak in their choosing the right varieties for growing, their knowledge of pest protection and the timing of cultivation matched with production rates, according to yesterday’s report of the City News.
The main reason of fluctuating tomato prices is that the cultivation time in upper and central Myanmar does not match, according to tomato depots.
There are more than 15,000 acres of tomato cultivation in southern Shan State.
When tomatoes produced from Myingyan, Meiktila, and Mahlaing towns in Mandalay Region, and Monywa town in Sagaing Region began flowing into the market, the price of tomatoes from southern Shan State began to decline.
Domestic tomato market requires a stable market, a fixed price and export quality, said U Aung Ko Lat, a tomato agronomist.

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