The winter and spring harvest of bananas from Yunnan and Laos are gradually entering the market. This is the season of abundant harvests, but investors in banana plantations in Laos near Mengkang Port on the Chinese border are deeply worried.
Banana farmers in Yunnan said that the port has been closed for half a year and there is no sign that it will open soon. While this should have been the season of abundant harvest and abundant income, banana farmers in the area have no way to bring their harvest to the Chinese market.
The port at Mengkang officially closed on March 23rd, 2018, when customs authorities in Mengkang and Kunming requested that the cross-border market meet with regulations. The port then closed for renovation. However, the bananas developed more quickly than normal and are all packaged and ready to enter the market, while the port is still under construction. Many people have expressed deep worries about this situation.