UK importer FreshPro Imports have established an exclusive agreement with MAVO – the Myanmar Avocado Producer and Exporter Association along with the assistance of the British Chamber of Commerce in Myanmar to trial and develop avocados grown and exported from Myanmar on the UK market.
“We have already received a small air freight shipment and are currently assessing the consignment and will be sampling various sectors of the industry in the coming days” explained Chris Fagg from Freshpro. “First impressions of the avocado arrival are promising. We have also delivered samples to the Myanmar Embassy in London who were very keen to see the first arrivals from Myanmar into the UK. The first arrivals consisted of Hass, Buccaneer and Amara varieties.”
The main season for Myanmar avocados is October though to February/
March, but the country has different climates so supply would not be
limited to this period.
It is very early days, but growers are looking to gain the
appropriate certificates to be able to export to the UK. Currently the
avocados are sold on the domestic market and exported to China.
“There are more growers coming onboard, but first we have to do some
trials to ensure that shelf life etc will be good. We think that the
Amara variety has good prospects as it has a similar profile to the Hass
in shape and sizing. There are also other varieties which we think may
fit other windows in the import season.”
Myanmar is developing as a stable country with its agricultural
sector as the backbone of its economy, contributing 37.8% of gross
domestic product (GDP) and accounting for 25 to 30 percent of total
export earnings. It employs 70 percent of the labour force in Myanmar.
Myanmar has established 12 political, economic and social objectives in
its efforts to establish a peaceful, modern and developed country.