TRUCK DRIVERS continue to send the crabs to 105-mile trade camp in Muse from Mandalay in spite of the fact that a combined force of ethnic armed groups launched attacks near Muse border town, killing innocent civilians including a driver, say local traders.
U Ya Zar Tun, manager of Shwe Myanmar Sales Center said the exporters are facing difficulties to hire drivers to send the crabs in time to the buyers although the authorities reopened the Muse road on 23 November.
Since the next day after the attacks, border authorities granted trucks loaded with crabs before starting to go rotten, said U Ya Zar Tun, pointing out the importance of time to send the live crabs to Chinese market.
U Min Min from Htin Kyaw Sales Center said crab dealers faces losses because of the recent attacks that force crabs to go rotten.
The long delay on Muse road killed 30 per cent of total crabs being sent from Mandalay to Muse. A truck is normally loaded with over 100 baskets of crabs weighing 2,600 kilos. Different kinds of marketable crabs have been sent to Mandalay from Sittway, Taungup and Pathein coastal towns.
Because of the this month’s attacks, the export volume of crabs has decreased by 25 per cent, according to the local exporters.
Aung Thant Khaing