Tamarind fetching high price in Mandalay market due to Bangladesh demand

A tamarind tree with fruits is seen in Mandalay.    Photo: Min Htet Aung (Mandalay Sub-Printing House)
A tamarind tree with fruits is seen in Mandalay.   Photo: Min Htet Aung (Mandalay Sub-Printing House)

Tamarinds grown in Myanmar are fetching a high price in the Mandalay market on account of a drop in yield during harvest time this year coupled with a rise in demand from Bangladesh.
Tamarinds grown in Zeepingyi, Popa, Nay Pyi Taw, Pyinmana, and Pakokku areas have started to enter the Mandalay market. The price of seeded tamarinds has risen from K800 to K1,450 per viss (one viss equals 1.6 kg), while seedless tamarinds are priced at K2,850 per viss, up from K1,400 last year. Tamarinds are selling well in the market.
“Owing to unfavorable weather, the tamarind production rate dropped to one third of last year. Moreover, the tamarinds were harvested late. Tamarinds see strong trade once they enter the market. Traders are purchasing a high volume for the Bangladesh market,” according to the U Soe Win Myint commodity depot.
Myanmar tamarinds are purchased regularly by Bangladesh and India every year. China has been buying them for the last five years. More tamarinds are going to be harvested in the coming days in Yamethin and Kyaukpadaung townships. All the tamarind producing areas across the country will supply abundant tamarinds to markets in the pre-Thingyan Festival period.
Tamarind trees are mostly found in the central regions of Myanmar — Mandalay, Sagaing, and Magway. They can be harvested only once a year in the summer. Myanmar people use tamarind in traditional cuisine besides making traditional medicines. Tamarind is also a lucrative export item. — Min Htet Aung (Mandalay Sub-Printing House) (Translated by Ei Myat Mon)

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