Exports of watermelon via the Myanmar-China border have declined by US$209 million due to COVID-19, said Union Commerce Minister Dr. Than Myint, on 22 February.
“Until 14 February of the 2018-2019 fiscal year, the total trade value reached US$14.595 billion dollars, up S2.147 billion compared with the same period this year. The export value increased by $1.053 billion. The border trade sees a decline due to the Chinese New Year holidays and the spreading of coronavirus,” he said.
“During the holidays from 23 January to 18 February, Myanmar-China border trade declined by $209 million compared with the same period last year. It has an impact on water melon, sweet melon, perishable goods and marine products,” Dr. Than Myint told elevenmyanmar.com.
As a measure to solve this problem, the Yangon Region Government helps merchants to get the places for the sale of water melon and sweet melon in Yangon market, in cooperation with Yangon City Development Committee.