At the end of the Maha Thingyan period, tomatoes are pouring into the Mandalay Thiri Marlar vegetable wholesale market, and the prices dropped to a half of what they were before the Thingyan period, according to the owners of depots in Mandalay.
In the green market, tomatoes from the Inlay area rose to K45,000 per 18-viss box before Thingyan, and currently the prices are ranging between K37,000 and K40,000. The price of tomatoes from the Nawnghkio area is only K22,000 and 25,000 per box. In addition, foreign tomatoes that used to sell for up to K2,000 per viss before Thingyan are now traded between K1,000 and K1,300.
“Tomatoes from Nawnghkio and PyinOoLwin regions, and tomatoes from the southern regions of Shan State, such as Ywangan and Inlay areas, entered the Mandalay vegetable wholesale market earlier than in previous years, resulting in price competition and a decrease in prices. Consumers are also at ease. As tomatoes from the plains are entering the market, as well as from the hilly regions, there are many items for sale at the green market. There may be a price change in May,” said U Aung Moe Naing, owner of the Aung Depot in Mandalay.
Tomatoes are currently entering the Mandalay market on a daily basis, and the transactions have been good so far. In addition to tomatoes, the rest of the green crops, such as cauliflower, cabbage, French beans, Chinese cabbage, eggplant, chayote, potato, and onion, are also trading well, as usual.—Min Htet Aung (Mandalay Sub-Printing House)/CT