Tomato growers expect good price in Pindaya Tsp


May 11,2022


THE villages near Pindaya Township, Danu Self-Adminis­tered Zone in the southern Shan State execute cultivation of sea­sonal fruits and vegetables and the harvest season of tomato starts at present.


‘‘Cultivation with an irri­gation system achieves suc­cess in Zawgyi village, Pindaya Township. We cultivate them throughout the years (both in the summer, rainy and winter seasons). They can be harvest­ed three months after that. We sell those summer tomatoes out. We have also nursed seedlings for the winter season. It fetched K1,200 per viss (a viss equals 1.6 kilogrammes) in a similar period last year. This year, the whole­sale price is around K350-400 per viss,’’ said a grower.


The growers are expecting a good price for now. The tomato from the villages near Pindaya Township is sent to Yangon, Mandalay, Aungban, Kengtung and Tachilek cities.


Growers in hill regions ex­tend acreage as they received a higher price last year. When tomatoes flood the market, it brings down the prices, said a trader.


However, there is a large price gap between the wholesale and retail prices when the trans­port cost is added amid the hike price of fuel oil, said a market observer.


The input cost doubled this year owing to high fertilizer pric­es and a hike in fuel oil prices. A big slump in prices caused a huge loss to the growers in early 2022.


During December last year, low supply drove the price up. The tomato fetched up to K2,400- 2,500 per viss. — Aye Aye Latt, KK/GNLM