A weekly chemical-free market at the place next to the Maha Bandoola Park in Yangon will resume business on 5 this month, according to the Consumer Protection Asso-ciation of Myanmar.
The market stall was opened every Friday with the aim of setting up a place where fruits and vege-tables free form chemical hazards and pesticide residues are available for the public at a single place. But, the market was closed in March when the first Covid-19 case was found in Myanmar. Now, arrange-ments are underway to reopen it.
“We know that Yangon is not totally free from Covid-19 yet. But, we are considering the reopening of the market in accordance with the public requirement. Especially, we want to arrange a place where people can buy harm-free fruits and vegetables at reasonable prices. As the market is in the downtown area, we believe its location ensures convenience for the consumers,” said Daw Soe Kalya Htaik, joint secretary of the Consumer Protection Association.
The Association has opened two more such market stalls –one in front of Thumingala Park in South Okkalapa Township on 30 May 2020 and the other in front of Shwemoegaung condominium on Aungzeya Street in Yankin Town-ship today in Yangon. Under its further programs, the Association
will open a market stall near Ayeyeikmon Housing Estate in Hlaing Township and the present one alongside the Maha Bandoola Park in the downtown area on 4 and 5 of this month respectively.
According to our place, the one in South Okkalapa will be an every Saturday market stall, and the other one in Yankin, every Tuesday market stall. We are holding talks with officials of township develop-ment affairs committee for the opening of a market stall near Basic Education High School No 3 in Sanchaung Township on 7 June 2020, Daw Soe Kalaya Htaik added.
The Association is receiving assistance from the bodies in connection with fruits and vegetables and organic foods in opening the market stalls.
The Consumer Protection Asso5ciation (CPA)is Myanmar's independent food consumer protection agency.
Htet Khaing (Sanchaung)