Myanmar’s watermelon industry feels stings as epidemic hits China trade


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Myanmar’s watermelon industry feels stings as epidemic hits China trade

China, the world’s most populous nation and the second-largest economy across the globe after the United States, usually has a high-tide appetite for a swathe of products developed in its neighbouring Southeast countries ranging from petroleum to raw materials to food products and derivatives, however an extended Lunar New Year holiday this year coupled with a clattering outbreak of fast-spreading Wuhan coronavirus in China had restricted logistics channels to and from China, while Myanmar’s watermelon industry had not been any different, almost all of the harvests of which used to be China-bound.

Nonetheless, Myanmar’s watermelon industry, one of the largest across the globe had been facing off a steep downward spiral in sales this year amid a pandemonium in prices following lack of China demand. In the face of such slanderous outlook in Myanmar alongside other Southeast Asian nation’s China export, millions of tons of overripe watermelons were found to be rotting in the fields of Northern Myanmar, as referring to a lack of potential buyers in the China-Myanmar border, a 43-year-old watermelon farmer in Myanmar, who had recently slashed his farm’s workforce to 40 from a previous 300 workers due to the coronavirus fallout in China, said over the weekend, “The traders told us not to bring the produce to the border as there are no buyers there. So we don’t dare to bring our fruit. ”