Women earn extra income in tamarind harvest season

Newly harrvested tamarinds.  Photo: Supplied
Newly harrvested tamarinds.  Photo: Supplied

Women workers, particularly from arid zones, employed at a wholesale centre in Nay Pyi Taw said they have cause for cheer this tamarind season as they have been able to generate more income for their families.
Women are working as day labourers in Tatkon Township in the Nay Pyi Taw council area, collecting ripe tamarind from trees growing in the wards and villages across the township and getting it ready for the market.
About 40 women are currently employed at the Shwemyintmo Wholesale Centre in Tatkon Township, said one woman labourer from Kantha village. With demand at wholesale centres on the rise, women engaged at such establishments are generating extra income for their families, she said.
“We are from Kantha village in the Byaingin Village-tract. We are currently involved in the production of ripe tamarind. Our major work is peeling tamarind pods and removing the hard shells by hand. A skilled worker can produce 50-60 viss (540-716 pounds) of ripe tamarind a day and earnabout K6,000 as wages,” said another woman worker.
Fresh ripe tamarind produced in Tatkon is mainly sent to the Yangon market.
Tamarind is one of the country’s export products, and enjoys a demand mostly in Thailand and Singapore.—Tin Soe Lwin (Translated by Khaing Thanda Lwin)

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