Higher domestic wheat yield reduces imports

There is enough domestic wheat without importing from abroad because of the increase in wheat acreage and improved yields in this year’s wheat sea­son, said U Soe Win Myint, the owner of Soe Win Myint Ware­house in Mandalay.


Even wheat flour or wheat seed has to be bought and im­ported from abroad at the ex­pense of foreign currency. While domestic wheat consumption has been rising annually, wheat cultivation has been modest in the past years. This year, wheat, which is the second most con­sumed millet crop after paddy in Myanmar, has expanded its acreage and improved yields. As a result, there is no need to import from abroad, and there is enough wheat produced lo­cally. “Wheat from all across the nation is entering the Mandalay market this year. Both flatlands and mountains are suitable for wheat cultivation, with primary farming areas located in the Sagaing region, Shan State (North), and Shan State (South). While there are several wheat varieties, the highest grade is found in wheat produced at Bu­dalin and Myaung townships in Sagaing Region. Previously, we relied on importing wheat flour and seeds. By 2024, our domestic wheat production will satisfy our needs, eliminating foreign exchange wastage. Ad­ditionally, wheat factories are operating smoothly. The price of wheat is set at K150,000 per bag,” he said.


The wheat crop is a winter crop that can only be grown once a year. It is cultivated in mountainous areas such as the Sagaing Region, Shan State (South), Shan State (North), and Kayah State. Additionally, it is grown in Chin State and the upper regions of the Chindwin River. Mainly, cultivation occurs in Shwebo, Monywa, Wetlet, YeU, KhinU, Myaung, and My­inmu townships of the Sagaing Region and Thedaw, Wundwin, and Myittha townships of the Mandalay Region. — Min Htet Aung(Mandalay Sub-printing House)/MKKS