Many villages have closed their roads since the outbreak of the corona virus. Banana production areas have had difficulty delivering their products and the market supply of some fruits and vegetables is dwindling. Although conditions remain difficult, some banana production areas have resumed deliveries. On the condition that their safety is guaranteed, workers in some production areas have resumed producing, packaging, and distributing bananas. This will help the industry to restore a regular supply chain.
The border with Myanmar is closed in Houqiao and Laying, but route 240 in Xishuangbanna is still open. Banana production areas in Myanmar near route 240 include Jingyang, Jingkang, and Nanban.
The bananas from Laos that are not affected by the cold are relatively expensive. Bananas that arrive in Mohan, Yunnan, can cost more than 2.9 yuan [0.42 USD] per kg, while bananas that arrive via route 240 cost around 1.6-1.8 yuan [0.23-0.36 USD] per kg. Despite the epidemic, there are still many consumers who shop for bananas and in some markets there is a shortage of bananas. The number of visiting traders from Shandong and Shanxi is relatively large.
In addition to banana supply from Laos and Myanmar, some production areas in Yunnan have also resumed deliveries. In many areas the roads recently closed and market supply declined. However, there were still traders who placed orders. Investigation results show that banana production areas in Laos, Myanmar, Yunnan (only production areas far from villages and close to major roads), and the Pearl River Delta in Guangdong are all operating as usual.