THE prices of green grams cultivated with underground irrigation facilities jumped to K42,000 per basket in the villages in NyaungU Township, Mandalay Region, allowing the growers to earn well. The price this year is higher than that of previous year.
The growers achieve the expected price. The summer green gram cultivation started in February and two months later, they can be harvested. The daily labour wage is K3,000. About 20 workers are required to harvest the green grams per acre. The grams are sent to Pakokku market, U Nay Win from Ywathit village explained. Despite the closure of the border posts, Myanmar’s green grams are primarily delivered to China and Singapore through maritime trade. Additionally, it is also shipped to Indonesia, Malaysia and European countries.
With the improvement of foreign market access, the government and the association concerned suggested the growers increase green gram sown acreage starting from the previous years.
There are approximately 9.9 million acres of various beans and pulses across the country, with the annual production of 4.1 million tonnes. Myanmar shipped about 700,000 tonnes of green grams to 64 foreign trade partners in the 2020-2021 Financial Year.
Between 1 October 2021 and 31 March 2022 of the mini-budget period, over 380,000 tonnes of green grams, with an estimated value of $296 million, were delivered to the global market.—Ko Htein-KPD, KK/GNLM