As the corona virus epidemic is growing worse, many villages in banana production areas close down the roads and trucks from outside have difficulty getting in. Some of the bananas are almost ripe, but can not leave and this phenomenon is becoming a common sight in some areas.
Banana production areas in Xishuangbanna have difficulty distributing their bananas
The main reason for this problem is the lack of transportation. At the same time, the market is changing. Few people are willing to go out to shop for bananas. The situation in wholesale markets is the same. According to Mr. Zou, temperatures in the morning and the evening are not too high, but in the afternoon the temperature can still reach 23 degrees Celsius. Some of the bananas are ripe, but they can not be sold.
Banana supply in nearby Myanmar is not up to the usual standard either. An industry specialists stated that "the bananas are not entirely ripe and the temperatures are still quite low. The lowest temperature in Waingmaw Township is around 5-6 degrees Celsius, but up in the mountains the temperature is around 10-15 degrees Celsius. In 10-15 days the bananas will be ready to be harvested. The bananas that are already ripe are difficult to sell in the current market. The conditions for other fruits are the same. There are not enough people going out to shop."
One banana trader in Laos explained that the conditions there are quite different from Yunnan or Myanmar. The Mohan-Boten border between China and Laos is still open and people move through as usual. Banana production areas in Laos are still able to deliver their bananas. However, there have not been many orders in the last few days and the volume of bananas loaded for transportation is quite small.