Rising tomato prices attract new growers

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The number of farmers growing tomatoes is on the rise, spurred by a steady increase in prices at central Myanmar markets such as Natogyi, Myingyan, Taungtha, Singu and other townships along the Ayeyawady and Chindwin rivers.
With production falling short of demand, tomatoes have been selling for K1,400 per 1.6 kilograms (one viss) at central Myanmar markets. Tomatoes sent to the markets from dry areas are sold alongside those produced in Shan State by ethnic growers.
Local growers use quality strains of tomato such as Bamar, Shan and Taiwan, applying a range of agricultural techniques to boost production.
Htay Myint Maung

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