Black gram prices gain on strong Indian demand

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Myanmar yearly produces approximately 400,000 tonnes of black gram and about 50,000 tonnes of pigeon peas.

The price of black gram rebounded to K1,838,000 per tonne on 13 December from K1,695,000 on 1 December in the beans and pulses market, indicating a significant rise of K140,000 per tonne within two weeks.
The Kyat-dollar exchange rate and India’s demand are contributing factors to the price fluctuation of the black gram. At present, the weakening of Kyat against hard currency has stopped. However, India’s demand for black gram has increased again in the market.
In late August, the dollar against Kyat peaked at K4,500 in the black market. Following that, the black gram price reached a record high of K2.1 million per tonne.
Myanmar bagged over US$800 million from more than 1.1 million tonnes of pulses exports over the past eight months in the current financial year, the Ministry of Commerce’s statistics showed.
Myanmar exported over 1,098,377.603 tonnes of various beans and pulses worth $863.237 million to foreign trade partners between 1 April and 2 December 2022 in the current financial year 2022-2023. The country shipped 942,926.773 tonnes of pulses and beans valued at $756.457 million to foreign markets by sea, and over 155,450 tonnes valued at $106.78 million were sent to the neighbouring countries through land borders.
Myanmar exported over 2 million tonnes of various pulses worth US$1.57 billion to foreign trade partners last financial year 2020-2021. The country shipped 1.24 million tonnes of pulses and beans valued at $966.4 million to foreign markets through the sea route, and 786,920 tonnes worth $604.3 million were sent to the neighbouring countries through land borders.
Myanmar primarily exports black gram, green gram and pigeon peas. Of them, black gram and pigeon peas are mainly sent to India while green grams are shipped to China and Europe.
India has growing demand and consumption requirements for black gram and pigeon peas. According to a Memorandum of Understanding between Myanmar and India signed on 18 June 2022, India will import 250,000 tonnes of black gram and 100,000 tonnes of pigeon peas (tur) from Myanmar for five consecutive years from 2021-2022 financial year to 2025-2026FY. This G-to-G pact will not affect the pulses’ annual quota set by India. Myanmar’s exporters are also entitled to deliver the pulses to India under that annual quota.
Myanmar yearly produces approximately 400,000 tonnes of black gram and about 50,000 tonnes of pigeon peas. Myanmar is the top producer of the black gram that is primarily demanded by India, while pigeon peas, green grams and chickpeas are cultivated in Australia and African countries besides Myanmar. — NN/EMM

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