Price of garlic from Shan State unstable in domestic market

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Labourers unload sacks of onion from a truck in Yangon.  Photo: Phoe Khwar

The prices of garlic produced in Shan State are unstable in the domestic market, according to wholesalers.
U Saw Maung, a wholesaler from Pyay Township of the Bago Region, said, “Garlic mainly enters the Pyay market from Shan State and China’s Kyukote (Pang Hseng). From the third week of this month, the market saw a decline in the flow of garlic from China.
“Kyukote garlic prices gradually increased because of the shortage in the market. However, the prices of garlic produced in Shan State, which borders China, Laos and Thailand, are steadily declining in the market,” he added.
Based on their size, quality and species, the prices of garlic vary from Ks2,100 to Ks2,800 per viss (3.6 pounds) in the wholesale market.
Garlic is a commonly bought kitchen crop and a popular ingredient in cooking due to its strong smell and delicious taste. The crop is also used to make traditional medicines.
Garlic is mostly cultivated in Shan State and the Salin, Pwintphyu, Yenangyaung and Pakokku towns in Magway Region.
Myanmar mainly exports garlic to its neighbour Thailand through the Kengtung and Tachilek border trade camps.
In the last few years, Thailand has imported garlic not only from Loilin District but also from Taunggyi District.

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