Myanmar has implemented isolation measures in every province to reduce the spread of Covid-19. Truck drivers spend much of their time in queues at checkpoints waiting to be inspected. Truck drivers from central and south Myanmar also spend a long time in the queue at the 105 Border Trade District between Myanmar and Yunnan in China. The long waiting times significantly delay transport, which has negative consequences for the product quality of fruit. Traders suffer financial loss due to food waste.
Truck drivers waste a lot of time in the 105 Border Trade District, and transport from 105 to the Golden Triangle takes another 2 days. Although the price of fruit is not bad, many farmers and traders still suffer financial loss because the product quality of fruit declines during transport delays.
One representative of a fruit company in 105 Border Trade District, with more than 30 years of experience in the international fruit market, stated that the government should not just expand the list of new agricultural products with permission to enter the Chinese market, but also support the current fruit market. If governments do not support farmers and traders, then they will suffer financial loss and ultimately reduce the overall surface area devoted to fruit plantation. A shrinking fruit trade also leads to reduced tax revenue. The current fruit market is not able to bear this kind of pressure.
One wholesale fruit trader complained that local authorities do not prioritize fruits that spoil more easily than other products such as coal and rocks. Only if local government steps in to organize the chaotic procedures can the product quality of fresh fruit be maintained.