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June 06, 2020

Ayadaw Thanaka seeds gain higher demand

Customers evaluate Thanaka barks at a shop in Bago. Photo: Aye Min Soe
Customers evaluate Thanaka barks at a shop in Bago. Photo: Aye Min Soe

Thanaka seedlings, the main products of Ayadaw Township, are sold in the tropical places like Sagaing Region. The distributions of Thanaka seedlings reach up to the villages in the townships of Mandalay and Magway Region, it is learnt.
Myanmar women wear Thanaka cream which is made by grinding the bark, wood, or roots of a thanaka tree with a small amount water on their faces as a make-up.
Thanaka Tree can grow mostly in the tropical places. Thanaka seedlings can grow on land in 45 days. Thanaka is old enough to be marketable after 5 or 7 years of growing. Previously, Ayadaw Thanaka species was found only in Ayadaw. However, other townships have now started to purchase the seedlings to grow in their townships for 7 or 8 years.
Thanaka species was distributed up to three Regions. It costs K 200 for a seedling and the price of the seeds is from K 10,000 to 50,000 per condensed milk sized can. The seeds are annually sold in Waso as soon as it is ripe.
The seeds are now highly demanded in places quite far from Ayadaw. The seedlings can grow from May to October and up to December if there is water supply. Thanaka growers share the method of plantaing. They will go and grow themselves on other plots of land if the growers from other places asked for their help, said U Sein Min, Ayadaw Thanaka grower from Taungoo.
Previously, Thanaka plantations are mostly found in Ayadaw Township, Sagaing Region and Yesagyo Township, Magway Region. Now, the demand for Ayadaw Thanaka seedlings has risen high.
Ayadaw Thanaka species are highly ordered from Katha, Htigyaing, Baw, Zinn, Thabeikkyin, Singu, Pakokku, Myingyan, Meiktila, Ngazun, Tada-U and Kyaukkon.—Phoe Chan (Monywa)


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