Pineapple growers call for official export channels to China

Pineapple growers are asking the government negotiate official exports of the crop to China as soon as possible, a farmers association says.

The call comes after pineapple cultivators suffered estimated losses of K700 million (US$458 million) during the previous harvest season when China suddenly banned imports of the fruit from Myanmar, the Myanmar Fruit, Flower and Vegetable Producer and Exporter Association (MFVP) revealed. 

The MFVP held a meeting attended by Vice President U Myint Swe and the Union of Myanmar Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry last week to address the issue before the next pineapple season.

China’s ban on pineapples from Myanmar earlier this year caused the loss of some 24,800 tonnes of the fruit that would have been exported through the Muse border trade area, said MFVP Secretary Daw Sandar Myo.

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