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May 26, 2020

Fruit sellers at Popa market unhappy with low number of buyers

A fruit shop seen in Popa. Photo: Ko Htein (Ngathayouk)
A fruit shop seen in Popa. Photo: Ko Htein (Ngathayouk)

With the number of buyers declining in fruit shops at Popa market in Kyaukpadaung Township, in Mandalay Region, the shopkeepers are selling their fruits, having to rely only upon the buyers from Kyaukpadaung town, said Daw Ah Mar Sein, a fruit shop owner at Popa market.
With the outbreak of coronavirus, in Mount Popa in Kyaukpadaung Township, the number of those buying fruits has declined at Popa market. We are selling the fruits only to the local people of Kyaukpadaung town and nearby villages.
The fruit shops in Popa market are selling grapefruits, Seintalone mangoes, E2 R2 mangoes, Mya Kyauk mangoes, Padamyar Ngamauk, soft and hard jackfruits, Pheegyan bananas, guavas, dragon fruits and magnolia champaca flowers produced from Popa. However, there are only a few buyers in the market. Popa mountain is always crowded with the local and foreign pilgrims the whole year. When the outbreak of coronavirus disease started, only a few pilgrims reached the mountain.
On 25 March 2020, Popa mountain was closed to pilgrims temporarily. The shops from Popa mountain are relying upon the local residents, said U Win Hlaing, a member of the Popa mountain board of trustees. — Ko Htein (Ngathayouk)(Translated by Hay Mar)

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