Mawlamyine, May (10)

This year’s sharp decline in yield of perennial fruits such as durian, rambutan, and mangosteen from Mon State has caused the price to more than double, fruit dealers and growers told Than Lwin Times.

The price has increased, and the amount produced of the local perennial fruits has drastically dropped as a result of their inability to produce as regularly as they did last year.

The seasonal fruit yield has drastically fallen since it cannot be irrigated as a result of the increase in the price of fuel and fertilizer.

A fruit dealer said that some fruits are in short supply even before the end of the season. The price of durian, mangosteen, and rambutan has gone up. The high prices of gasoline and fertilizers, and labor cost also raise the price of fruits.

Meanwhile, durians have been imported from Ye and Phayarthonezu Townships due to the shortage of durians in Mawlamyine . There is a demand in the market because it is difficult to import durian fruits from Thailand, according to the fruit traders.

 A fruit grower said he is not making as much profit as he thought because the prices of other products are also rising along with the price of seasonal fruits. Crops are not growing because the temperatures are rising and fertilizers cannot be purchased. Unskilled workers are paid high wages when there is a shortage of workers.

On the other hand, some of the growers have reduced their cultivation by almost half this year due to high costs and losses in previous years, and the inability to take care of their farms has resulted in a decline in fruit production.

In Mon State, perennial crops such as durian, pomelo, rambutan, and mangosteen are mainly grown, and seasonal vegetables are grown as intercrops.

News – Than Lwin Times

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