During the abundant harvest time of Seintalone mango in Kyaukpadaung Township, NyaungU District of Mandalay Region, the growers are facing a hard time due to the price drop, said U Aung Win, a local farm owner.
The villages in Kyaukpadaung Township commercially grow Seintalone mango, yet they are offered at a bargain price owing to abundant supply in the market. Last year, the traders went to the farm and made an outright purchase of farms.
This year, the coronavirus risks lead to losses in Seintalone market due to transportation difficulties and trade disruption, Daw San San Myint, a grower from Kyaukpadaung Township. The maximum price of Seintalone mangoes stands at K3,000 per 10, while the minimum price touches a low of K1,500-2,000 per 10.
Myanmar’s mango is sent to China on a green-channel amid coronavirus impacts. At present, the bulk supply brings down the mango price at Muse border, said a trader from Khwar Nyo Trading Co., Ltd.
During the opening season of mango, the entry of mango (Seintalone variety) at early maturity stage also 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 possesses 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 Htein (Ngathayouk), Ko Htet (Translated by Ei Myat Mon)