Watermelons selling well in Myanmar-India border town

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A farmer waters patches of watermelon in Nay Pyi Taw.  Photo: Aye Min Soe

DOMESTICALLY grown watermelons have sold well this season in Rihkhawdar, a small but busy border town between Myanmar and India, according to the Myawady Daily’s report.
“The watermelon is in high demand in both local and foreign markets, with growers earning a handsome profit for fruits this season,” border merchants say.
One of the local merchants noted, “We chiefly purchase watermelons cultivated in Kalay Township and nearby areas in Sagaing Region.
Based on size and freshness, watermelon is sold for Ks2,500-Ks4,000 per fruit. We see a massive inflow of watermelons into the town. Demands for this kind of fruit are increasing during the season between winter and summer.”
Watermelon is a warm, long-season crop, and is now grown commercially in many parts of the country. The fruit is mostly cultivated for its fresh juice and sweet flesh. Among other places, melons grown in Mandalay and Sagaing regions mostly go to export partners.
About five trucks loaded with watermelons enter the border town from Sagaing Region every day. The fruits have been exported to neighbouring India, with exporters receiving Ks150 to Ks200 Indian rupees for a fruit.

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