Lack of storage for daily vegetables result in 40 per cent wastage

The vegetables across the country are flowing into the Yangon market, but the lack of storage for the perishable vegetables result in about 40 per cent wastage every day, said Daw Sandar Myo, the secretary of Myanmar Fruit, Flower and Vegetable Producers and Exporters Association.

The Yangon market receives a daily inflow of vegetables from across the country. The entrepreneurs keep their stock in their own way. About 12 truckloads of vegetables daily enter Thiri Mingala market, with about 2,600 tonnes of vegetables and fruits. However, there is no cold storage to preserve the vegetables. The merchantskeep the vegetables on the trucks, which results in 40 per cent of daily wastages due to the lack of storages. Bitter gourd and lady fingers (okra) are being imported from Thailand and China because of the insufficiency in local consumption, she added.

Establishing storage facilities can prevent waste, allowing merchants and the growers to benefit. The vegetable wholesale market in Yangon Region is mainly dependent on the Thiri Mingala market and the Danyingon market.

Source: Global New Light of Myanmar

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