Watermelon export prices to China have more than tripled due to high transport costs and low domestic supply amid COVID-19.
Only 15 watermelon trucks are now crossing the border to China on a daily basis. Usually, this number adds up to more than 300 per day, but this was before the pandemic. In addition, local watermelon production has dropped to one third of last year’s harvest, leading to lower supply and driving up prices.
“Prices are also rising because demand from China is high due to a low harvest this year,” said U Naing Win, chair of the Myanmar Watermelon and Muskmelon Producers and Exporters Association. Currently, a tonne of Myanmar watermelons is priced up to RMB4000 compared to RMB1200 last year.
Mmtimes.com reports that one of the reasons for the rising price is the scarcity of drivers now that health certificates indicating that they are free from COVID-19 must be produced when passing through and entering the different states and regions.
[ RMB1=€0.13 ]