Shan garlic price plunges, yet Kyukok garlic price rises

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Photos show stacked Kyukok garlic sacks at a warehouse.

The price of Shan garlic drastically dropped while the cost of Kyukok garlic rose in the Yangon market.
The Yangon market saw a decrease in Sinphyukyun potato and Shan garlic prices on 14-15 March, whereas the prices of Kyukok garlic and sugar climbed.
Sinphyukyun potato prices were just K1,200 per viss on 15 March, Ko Thein Myint, a potato seller from Yetama Street of Bayintnaung Brokerage, told The Global New Light of Myanmar (GNLM).
The potatoes from the Heho area fetched K1,350-K1,600 per viss. Shan garlic prices touched a low of K6,500-K7,500 per viss on 15 March, whereas imported Kyukok garlic prices hit K10,500-K10,600 per viss on 14 March, rising from K9,000 per viss in mid-February.
Old Shan garlic price hit a record high of K17,800 per viss then. Nevertheless, the new supply pushed down the Shan garlic prices.
Additionally, garlic from the Pakokku area fetched K3,000-K8,000 per viss, depending on size. New Kyukok garlic might flow into the market in May. Therefore, there is less chance for the price to decrease for now. The extensive price difference from Shan garlic resulted in low demand for Kyukok garlic, Ko Thein Myint, a trader, told the GNLM.
The Kyukok garlic price reached a record high up to K17,000 per viss on 3 November 2023. At present, consumers are satisfied with the price decrease in kitchen supplies such as onions, potatoes, chilli peppers and rice. — TWA/KK

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