Seintalone mango from southern Shan State bound for China market

A plan is underway to export Seintalone mango from Shan State (South) to China’s mar­ket, according to Khwarnyo Fruit depot.


At present, Seintalone mango exports from Mandalay and Sagaing regions to China have almost ended. Therefore, Seintalone mango produced in Shan State is heading for Chi­na’s market. They have market advantages over those from the Mandalay and Sagaing regions. A reasonable price is expected based on freight management and mango quality.


“Seintalone mango from southern Shan State is preparing for China’s market at present. As they can be exported shortly, the traders can ensure fresh fruit quality control. Freight manage­ment and packaging play a key role in placing the quality fruit on the market,” a person in charge of the Khwanyo Fruit Depot said.


Nonetheless, China’s abun­dant mango season will arrive on 20 June. Subsequently, the depot suggests traders observe market conditions first.


Fruit traders faced a series of challenges while exporting mangoes to China, such as wa­termelon export this year.


At present, exporters are facing trade hurdles such as physical damage to the fruits caused by transportation on rough roads, freight cost and market price.


The growers are battered by the high cost of cultivation input and export market risks every year. Low use of cultivation input brought down quality, causing postharvest diseases such as stem end rot and black spots in fruit in 2022.


As a result of this, some traders did not even cover the cultivation cost due to the infe­rior quality of Seintalone mango.


Of about 200 mango varie­ties that originated in Myanmar, Seintalone, Shwehintha, Pad­amyar Ngamauk, Yinkwe, and Machitsu varieties are primarily grown. The foreign market pre­fers Seintalone varieties.


Ayeyawady Region possess­es the most extensive mango plantation acres, having about 46,000 acres. Bago Region is the second largest producer, 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, according to the associ­ation. — NN/EM