Demand from abroad makes sales of pigeon peas produced in Myanmar pitch

Pigeon peas produced in Myanmar this season fetched great prices due to the de­mand from foreign countries, according to bean dealers in Mandalay.


Pigeon peas harvested this year have good yields as well as great colours and sizes due to fine weather. A bag containing three baskets of pigeon peas cost K175,000 in the same peri­od last year. This year, the price of a bag containing three bas­kets of pigeon peas was valued at K385,000, doubling the price of the previous year, U Soe Win Myint, an owner of the Soe Win Myint commodity depot, said.


“People in Myanmar con­sume fewer green beans. In­dians prefer Myanmar pigeon peas because they are free of chemicals and have a unique taste. All the pigeon peas pro­duced are exported every year, and they have a strong hold on market share. The higher demand for pigeon peas in In­dia this year raised the price. Pigeon peas are exported to Nepal, Bangladesh, and Paki­stan every year, in addition to India. Pigeon peas are grown as a winter crop only for one season, and they are being sold well in the Mandalay market,” he continued.


There are three types of pigeon peas produced in My­anmar: pigeon peas (red gram), white gram, and striped gram. Pigeon peas are cultivated in Mandalay, Magway, and Sagaing regions and later suc­ceed in expanding cultivation in Kayah and Shan States. There­fore, farmers are recommend­ed to grow more pigeon peas, which have a strong market share. — Min Htet Aung (Man­dalay Sub-printing House)/CT