Potato prices remain unchanged in domestic market

Farm worker sorts potatoes during harvest.  Photo: supplied
Farm worker sorts potatoes during harvest.  Photo: supplied

The price of locally-grown potatoes has remained unchanged in the domestic market in the later part of this year at about K900 per viss (3.6 lbs), said Yangon merchants.
The potatoes, which are large in size, were priced at K1,400 early last year. The rates fell to K1,000 per viss in the beginning of this year and declined further to K440 per viss in March when the harvest from Sinbyukyun, located on the west bank of the Ayeyawady River, entered the market.
Later, the prices rose to K900 per viss and have since remained unchanged on account of potatoes from China entering the local market, said merchants.
This year, transport charges between Yangon and towns bordering with China decreased. The transport charge for a truck loaded with potatoes decreased to K1.75 million from about K2.3 million in the previous year. Besides cooking, potatoes are used widely for a variety of purposes in the country. People are using potato-based products for their hair and skin as they contain vitamins C and B6, potassium, fiber, magnesium, and antioxidants.—Maung Say Aung / (Translated by Khaing Thanda Lwin)

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