Chin State’s apples had a poor yield this season because of unfavorable weather conditions and weaknesses in cultivation technology. Apples from Chin State usually yield high every season. But this year, there were lower supply of apples compared to the same period of last year.
Apples are grown mostly in Tiddim Township, and this year’s yield produced mostly small and sour apples because of unfavorable weather conditions, such as heavy rain and high temperature, adding to poor cultivation technology.
“At present, local people do not grow Chin Hills apples, which were popular over the past years. The Chin Hills apples are no longer competitive in the market in terms of price and quality, to imported apples. Therefore, local farmers need agricultural technical assistance to produce quality apples,” said U Doh Za Nang, an apple farm owner from Bwin village in Tiddim Township.
Apples are cultivated mostly in Haka, Falam and Tiddim townships. Apples from Tiddim Township are annually supplied to India’s Mizoram State at the Myanmar-India border Kalewa, Monywa, Mandalay and Yangon through Kalay, Sagaing Region, and the apples are also supplied to upper Chindwin River area.
Currently, other kinds of apples, such as Aik Wah, Ruby and Koriko, sell well in Tiddim apple market. The price of Aik Wah apple is Ks3,500 per viss (3.6lb), while the price of Ruby and Koriko apples is between Ks 2,500 and Ks 3,000 per viss. The price of other kinds of apple is around Ks 1,500 and Ks 2,000 per viss.
Nay Su (Chin Yoma)