THE demand for lemons is very high in Nay Pyi Taw as people have increasingly begun using lemons in place of limes, local farmers said.
“Lemons are in high demand as limes are very expensive in the market,” the farmers said.
Farmer U Kyi Aung said: “Lemons are marketable because they are cheap and succulent. We can harvest lemons within eight months or one year after growing trees. Brokers buy lemons at plantations. We export them to Tatkone, Pyinmana, Ahayathukha and Yezin markets.”
“Currently, a two-basket bag of lemons is worth K12,000 (US$9.18) at the plantation, and we get Ks 14,000 ($10.71) when we export them to Tatkone. In April, we can get up to K30,000 ($22.94),” he said.
Lemons and related fruits can be bought near Sae junction in Zeyarthiri Township, Nay Pyi Taw.
People in the capital reportedly prefer lemons due to their health benefits. The fruit is traditionally used for treating throat infections, dental problems and high blood pressure. It also benefits hair and skin care. Lemons also help to strengthen the immune system and cleanse the stomach, the farmers said.
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