Thanaka merchants expect high market in post-COVID-19

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Three quarters of Myanmar’s Thanakha export are produced from Ayadaw Township, Sagaing Region. Photo: Min Htet Aung

Thanaka mechants are expecting high market when the tourism resumes in the post-COVID-19, according to U Kyaw Moe, the chairperson of the Myanmar Thanaka Association.
For the convenience of resellers through Thanaka farm owners, the Thanaka Association of Ayadaw Township opened the Thanaka Festival and Market in July 2020. Despite the COVID-19 outbreak, the Thanaka market has not been closed and the trade has been good so far with the price ranging from 2,000 kyats to 10,000 kyats for each. Therefore, it is expected that the price will be higher than the current price when the tour resumes in the post-COVID-19 period. U Kyaw Moe said, “Thanaka market is opened during the COVID-19 period. As the trade is very good this year, the price will be double when the tourism resumes. Organic Thanaka has become rare everywhere. As we open the market, buyers don’t need to go to the farm since we provide authentic Thanaka with a fair price.”
The 75 per cent of Thanaka exports of the country are from Ayadaw Township where more than 100,000 acres of Thanaka trees are cultivated. The Ayadaw Thanaka is popular because of its natural brown colour, thick bark and its aroma and medicinal properties. The township has been recognized as Thanaka City, and signboards of “Thanaka City Ayadaw” have been set up at the entrances to the city. — Min Htet Aung (Mandalay Sub-Printing House) (Translated by Ei Phyu Phyu Aung)

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