With a better price for the start of this harvest season, Seintalone (Diamond Solitaire) mangoes Kyaukse Township, Mandalay Region, have been exported to China, according to the Myanmar Mangoes Market and Technology Development Association.
The association has urged the mangoes traders to export the quality fruits to China in efforts to avoid damaging the market as the price is profitable at the beginning of the harvest season, said U Kyaw Soe Naing, secretary of the association.
“Current crisis of COVID-19 do not damage the mangoes market because the transportation to Muse border town is good and the price is profitable at the beginning of the harvest,” he said. The association has requested the traders to export only quality fruits to the Chinese market, he added.
Seintalone mangoes are fetching around K25,000 for 16 Kg.
Despite fetching good price for mangoes, the growers are facing labour shortage for harvesting the fruits as daily-waged workers are facing difficulties to come to gardens due to travel restrictions, according to the association.
As per research, more than 190 mango varieties are cultivated in Myanmar, mostly in the Ayeyawady Region, followed by Shan and Kachin states. The majority of Seintalone mango plantations are found in Mandalay.
Seintalone is regarded as the best mango variety in Myanmar because of its aroma, sweetness, juiciness, and non-fibrous texture. The mango variety has become highly popular in the global market in the last three years. Myanmar exported more than 700,000 tons of Seintalone mangoes in the 2016-2017 and the 2017-2018 fiscal years.—Min Htet Aung (Mandalay Sub-printing House) (Translated by Kyaw Zin Lin)