Butter bean growers suffer price cuts in Pwintbyu Township

Farmers work in the farm in Pwintbyu Township.  photo:  Ye Win Naing, Ko Htet
Farmers work in the farm in Pwintbyu Township.  photo: Ye Win Naing, Ko Htet

The butter bean growers in Pwintbyu Township, Magway Region are suffering losses during the harvest time as the price plunges nearly by half against a-year ago period, said the growers.
The residents in Pwintbyu Township are living on agriculture. The butter bean is commercially grown as winter crop. This year, the growers are battered by falling prices.
“Thanks to favourable weather and adequate water supply in the township, we cultivate various crops such as paddy, sesame, peanut, chick pea, sunflower, butter bean, banana, sugarcane and other vegetables. The growers primarily depend on butter beans in the winter as they can be sent to external markets,” said U Than Tun Oo, butter bean grower from Yawsu village-tract in Pwintbyu Township.
Last year, it fetched a good price of K37,000 per basket. In light of this, they mainly cultivate butter beans this year’s winter. At the harvest time, it is priced at K20,000 per basket only, resulting in losses to the growers. Now, some growers rush to grow bitter gourd to cover the cultivation losses of butter beans, and some are preparing for sesame cultivation as summer crop, he added.
Myanmar’s butter beans are exported to Japan, China, Denmark, Singapore, the Republic of Korea, Malaysia, China (Taipei) and Viet Nam.
There are over 160,000 acres of butter bean plantation both in winter and monsoon crop seasons. The butter beans are grown in June and July for monsoon growing season and harvested in October and November. The winter season is in October/November and harvest time from January to March.
The butter beans are primarily cultivated in Sagaing, Bago, Magway, Mandalay and Ayeyawady regions and Mon and northern Shan states. Magway Region produces good-quality butter beans and Japan buyers prefer them.—Ye Win Naing, Ko Htet (Translated by Ei Myat Mon)

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