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May 26, 2020

Taungtha Seintalone growers face cheaper price than before coronavirus pandemic

A woman measuring the weight of the mangoes for sale in a market. Photo: Kyaw Myo Naing (Taungtha) (IPRD)
A woman measuring the weight of the mangoes for sale in a market. Photo: Kyaw Myo Naing (Taungtha) (IPRD)

The Seintalone mango growers are unhappy because of price drop during the high harvest time of Seintalone in Taungtha and Myingyan townships in Mandalay Region, said U Thet Khine Win, an owner of Muditha Seintalone mango farm in Ward 2.
The villages in Taungtha Township grow the Seintalone mango on a commercial scale. Although there is a great supply of Seintalone mango this year, the demand is not as high as the supply, thus the growers having to sell the mango at a low price. Previously, the Seintalone mango dealers came to make an outright purchase of mangoes directly on the farms. Now, the mangoes are selling at a low price because the mango dealers do not come to our village because of the coronavirus outbreak. So, the mango growers face a hard time, according to the Seintalone mango growers.
The Seintalone mango from Taungtha Township is of high quality. Every year, the Taungtha mango gets a high price. This year, the mango growers are unhappy because of the price drop. The price of Seintalone mango packed in bag stands at K3,000 per 10 pieces while the mango without bag packing are sold for K1,500-2,000 per 10.
Of about 200 mango varieties originated in Myanmar, Seintalone, Shwehintha, Padamyar Ngamauk, Yinkwe, Machitsu varieties are primarily grown. The foreign market prefers Seintalone variety.
Myanmar’s mangoes are primarily shipped to China, and also to India, Bangladesh, Thailand, the Republic of Korea, Singapore, and Japan. Ayeyawady Region possesses the largest mango plantation acres, having about 46,000 acres. Bago Region is the second-largest plantation with 43,000 acres and Mandalay has 29,000 acres of mango. There are over 24,000 acres in Kayin State, over 20,400 acres in Shan State and over 20,000 acres in Sagaing Region.—Kyaw Myo Naing (Taungtha) (IPRD) (Translated by Hay Mar)

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