Myanmar fruit merchants associations have asked for a legal export channel to China for avocados at the 17th Sino-Myanmar border trade expo held in Muse, and permission for export of the fruit is likely to be granted, said merchants at the Muse 105th mile trade zone.
Currently, avocado is not on the list of Myanmar fruits that are permitted by China’s food safety inspection mechanism, the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ), for entry into the country.
While Myanmar avocados have entered China in the past, their exports were illegal. Therefore, the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, and Irrigation (MOALI) and the Ministry of Commerce have been conducting negotiations with China to allow avocado exports.
Myanmar exports agro products and a variety of fruits to China. Mangosteens, rambutan, lychee, watermelons, and muskmelons grown in Myanmar have received the AQSIQ’s certificate and are therefore, eligible for export to China. China imports watermelons, muskmelon, and mangoes through the Shweli (Ruili) gate, while it allows entry of mangosteens and lychee through the Sino-Myanmar trade channels.
The MOALI is also negotiating with the AQSIQ to get market access for pomelo, lemon, and tissue culture banana grown in the country.
Avocado is cultivated on about 20,000 acres in Myanmar, with over 10,000 tons of the fruit produced annually. Avocado is primarily grown in Hopong, Pinlaung, Ywangan, Kalaw, and Nyaungshwe of Shan State, PyinOoLwin of Mandalay Region, and Chin State.
At present, it is shipped to Thailand, Cambodia, Viet Nam, China, and Hong Kong. While demand for the fruit in external markets is good, Myanmar avocado has been unable to meet the import criteria in some countries.
(Translated by Ei Myat Mon)