U Kyaw Ko Ko, owner of Future Goloray Co, said the watermelons will be similar in quality to those exported to China and that the second shipment is slated for February.
Future Goloray Co has signed a year-round export contract with Dubai buyers.
Myanmar has relied on China as the single market for its watermelon exports for 30 years. Twenty five tonnes of watermelons were exported to Dubai on December 11, 2020, to move away from the single market restriction. The cargo landed in Dubai on December 28.
Watermelons exported in the first batch were small in size so farmers focused on growing larger fruits for the coming shipment.
“The fruits were small for our first export. If we can grow watermelons of similar size to those that are of Chinese export quality then they will sell more. They like the quality very much. It is like a national brand in the export market,” he said.
U Kyaw Ko Ko said only the best fruits will be chosen for exports in February.
“Only after we have grown the best quality fruits, then we will export the whole year round,” he said.
He added that the firm plans to export better Grade A and Grade B watermelons to new Dubai buyers.
Daw Sanda Myo, secretary of the Myanmar Watermelon and Muskmelon Exporters and Producers Association, said European buyers are also interested in importing Myanmar watermelons.
In the case of the European market, it will take 30 days for Myanmar watermelons to reach their destination. European buyers are interested in them as cold storage facilities can ensure the fruits stay fresh throughout the 30 days, said the secretary.