Thanakha cultivators increase due to high demand

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Thanakha plantations in Sagaing Region. Thanakha cultivators has increased as domestic and international demand has increased. Photo: Win Oo (Zayartine)

The number of thanakha cultivators has increased in Sagaing Region as domestic and international demand has increased.
Thanakha trees are mature after seven years and can be used to make a variety of cosmetic and medicinal products.
Local growers often grow other, short-term crops among thanakha trees.
“Local people are producing the value-added thanakha products and exporting them abroad. Thanakha also sells well domestically,” said U Win Ko, a local cultivator from Ba Hmwe village, Yinmabin township. “Previously thanakha was grown only on existing farms. But now, thanakha is growing on the fallow and virgin land.”
One Thanakha tree sells for approximately Ks 10,000, U Win Ko said.
Thanakha is cultivated mostly in Yinmabin, Kani, Hsalingyi, Ayadaw, Monywa, Budalin, Chaung-U townships. Then, thanakha is sent to Monywa, Mandalay, Yangon and Pakokku townships. Local growers mainly sell thanakha at pagodas and markets.—Win Oo (Zayartine)

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