July 06, 2017

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600,000 tn of watermelon, muskmelon to be exported to China: exporters

Watermelons in Natogyi. Photo: Khin Zar Mon Myint (Law)
Watermelons in Natogyi. Photo: Khin Zar Mon Myint (Law)

Myanmar melon exporters plan to send 600,000 tonnes of watermelon and muskmelon to China this FY, the same amount of melon was exported last year earning Ks30bn (US$25.5m), according to the Myanmar Fruit, Flower and Vegetable Producer and Exporter Association.
Myanmar earned K30.5 million ($25,000) from the export of around 40,000 tonnes of mangoes last FY.
“We expanded the acres of watermelon and muskmelon plantations this season as the country has received a high demand for both crops from China this FY,” said U Kyaw Thu, secretary of Myanmar Fruit, Flower and Vegetable Producer and Exporter Association, adding, “We plan to export between 500,000 and 600,000 tonnes of watermelon and muskmelon and 40,000 tonnes of mangoes this FY.”
The agricultural cost per acre of watermelon is around Ks2m ($17,023) and Ks4m ($34,046) per acre of muskmelon plantation, growers say.
China is the largest buyer of Myanmar mangoes, followed by Singapore and Hong Kong. They mainly import Seintalone mango (aka diamond solitaire mango), the most popular variety of Myanmar.
“Local farmers are expecting a bumper production of high quality mangoes this season,” said U Kyaw Thu.
“Myanmar Watermelon and Cucumber Cultivation and Export Development (MWCCED) Public Company will be established in early 2017 to boost the export volume of local watermelon and cucumber”, said U Thitsa, the vice chairman of Sagaing Regional Myanmar Watermelon and Cucumber Growers and Exporters Association.
Adding, we have already drawn up a Memorandum of Association and Article of Association, we will register our public company before the end of this year.
Initially, a total of 5,000 shares will be sold only to the members of Watermelon and Cucumber Growers, Exporters Association with an initial price of Ks10,000 per unit. Shares will be sold to the public later.—Chan Chan with Myawaday.

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