Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Mandalay to hold inaugural mango and tea leaf fair

Tea drinkers and mango lovers in Mandalay are in for a treat. For the first time, a mango and tea leaf fair will be held at the Mandalar Thiri football stadium from May 20 to 22.

Mandalay Region Mango Association chair, Daw Than Than Swe, said the fair will be open to everyone involved in both industries.

“Businesspersons from all over the country will participate. There will be 28 booths each for the mango and tealeaf growers. And this will be the first such fair for mangoes in Myanmar,” she said.

The fair will include an education program for farmers and free transportation will be arranged for those who live within 50 miles of the fairgrounds, she added.

“The program will show farmers how to grow mangoes efficiently and how to pluck them with minimal damage to the fruit,” Daw Than Than Swe added.

All Myanmar’s native mango varieties will be on exhibit at the fair.

“There are over 200 mango species in Myanmar. According to the data collected last year, 196 mango species are native to Myanmar. We would like to request interested farmers to come forward with their mangoes by May 18 in order to participate in the fair,” she said.

Prizes will also be awarded for the best fruit in each mango variety during the fair.

Translation by Zaw Nyunt