Lychee demand drops in MraukU amidst coronavirus pandemic

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lychee demand is dropping in MraukU Township, Rakhine State.  Photo: Tin Tun Oo (IPRD)
lychee demand is dropping in MraukU Township, Rakhine State.  Photo: Tin Tun Oo (IPRD)

The coronavirus pandemic slows the trade flow and lychee demand is dropping in MraukU Township, Rakhine State.
Lychees are started to harvest in the last week of April in MraukU Township. However, the market is relying on local and foreign travellers. Following the coronavirus crisis, tourism industry halted. So the lychees are priced lower than the previous years due to the decline in demand, said a grower.
The lychees fetched K6,000-7,000 per 100-fruits bag in the previous years.
The lychees will be plentiful after rainfalls in May. About 30 to 60 fruits can be harvested per branch of the Lychee tree.
Myanmar’s mangosteen, rambutan, lychee, watermelon, muskmelon, mango and plums have been cleared for import by China’s food safety inspection mechanism — the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection, and Quarantine (AQSIQ). China accounts for 95 per cent of Myanmar’s fruit exports. At present, Myanmar’s border trade with China is not going well as China has tightened border security measures to control the possible spread of the virus. —Tin Tun Oo (IPRD)/ Htet Myat (Translated by Ei Myat Mon)

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