Elephant foot yam price fetches double

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Elephant foot yams flows into market in Hpa-an. Photo: Wailu (IPRD)

Farmers, who cultivate elephant foot yams or Amorphophallus paeoniifolius, in Kayin State are receiving more income as its price has been double this year compared with the previous year.
The locals in Shan Ywa Thit of Hpa-an District raised this crop at the same time with regular farming.
A farmer said, “The cost for elephant foot yam cultivation is not as high as other crops. Additional family income can be expected from this.”
The elephant foot yams are harvested from Wagaung to Tawthalin months (August-September).
Local farmers in Shan Ywa Thit earn K1,300 per viss in this year’s harvest at the local market in Methamu village.
—Wailu (IPRD)
(Translated by Aung Khin)

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