Myanmar’s mango export unaffected by coronavirus pandemic

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Myanmar’s mango is steadily sent to China on a green-channel amid coronavirus impacts and border trade suspension. Yet, quality plays a crucial role in maintaining the market, said a trader from Khwar Nyo Trading Co., Ltd.
Myanmar started to export mango to China via the Muse border. The traders are also preparing to ship them to the Singapore market.
Seintalone fetches 70-130 Yuan per 16-kg basket, said an official of Muse fruit depot.
About 80 trucks carrying mangoes are entering China’s market every day.
During the opening season of mango, the entry of mango (Seintalone variety) at early maturity stage harmed the market, General Secretary U Kyaw Soe Naing of Myanmar Mango Market and Technology Development Association told the Global New Light of Myanmar on 23 April.
The mango growers are urged to supply the quality mango to maintain the market reputation, he said.
“To maintain the market for a long term, we don’t want the mangoes of early maturity place in the market,” he pointed out.
Another problem is that transport delays to China can cause quality damage to Seintalone, according to the association.
Additionally, the mango farm-owners need to follow the Good Agricultural Practices (GAP). They also need to obtain GAP certification. The Agriculture Department has been instituting criteria for long-term organic farming.
In the 2017-2018 financial year, Myanmar exported 50,000 tonnes of Seintalone mangoes. The country aims to raise the export volume of Seintalone to 100,000 tonnes in 2020, according to the online news released by the Ministry of Commerce.
Of about 200 mango varieties originated in Myanmar, Seintalone, Shwehintha, Padamyar Ngamauk, Yinkwe, Machitsu varieties are primarily grown. The foreign market prefers Seintalone variety.
Myanmar’s mangoes are primarily shipped to China, and also to India, Bangladesh, Thailand, the Republic of Korea, Singapore, and Japan.
Ayeyawady Region possess the largest mango plantation acres, having about 46,000 acres. Bago Region is the second-largest producer with 43,000 acres and Mandalay has 29,000 acres of mango. There are over 24,000 acres in Kayin State, over 20,400 acres in Shan State and over 20,000 acres in Sagaing Region, according to the association.— Ko Htet (Translated by Ei Myat Mon)

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