Myanmar product: Owl beans dominate Mandalay market

According to beans and pulses dealers in Mandalay, there is a strong demand for owl beans in the Mandalay bean market. This is driven by both domestic market and high demand from China.


Owl beans are being trans­ported from different regions to the Mandalay market. Last year, three baskets of owl beans were sold at an opening price of over K120,000. U Soe Win Myint, owner of the Soe Win Myint Commodity Depot in Mandalay, said, “Due to the increasing de­mand from China and domestic consumption, the price of a bag of three baskets of owl beans has now risen to K150,000. The owl beans have established a solid market, especially after five years of exporting them to China. These beans, which resemble an owl in shape, are a type of blue Phaseolus bean. They are easy to cultivate and thrive in alluvial lands. Farm­ers from Yesago call it “mascot beans” because of their owl-like appearance and they have been selling well. With the strong demand from the Chinese mar­ket, owl beans have become a promising new export item.” This year, farmers and traders will secure benefits from the current market price of this bean, he added.


It is a main cold season crop in the basin areas of the Ayeyawady, Dokhtawady and Chindwin rivers, such as Pa­kokku, Yesagyo, Monywa, My­ingyan, NyaungU, Kyaukse, Patheingyi, Madaya, Singu, and Sinbyukyun townships. These beans started to be produced in early March, and it yields 35 baskets per acre. — Min Htet Aung (Mandalay Sub-printing House)/CT