According to the local farmers, the farmers are happy with the high yield of green grams in U Yin Zin village, Minbu (Sagu) township in the Magway region, and their product’s fair prices.
The green grams are being grown by many farmers in that village, and they can earn a good price in the local market. Some are raising the green gram after monsoon paddy cultivation. Some are growing their bean species by supplying the irrigating water.
The green gram needs water during its growing period, seed sowing period and blossoming period. However, the plant will grow well only with the right volume of water. Sufficient moisture should be available within two months of germination. There will be an abundant yield of the green gram if the soil is cool with a little soil moisture from blossoming to harvest season. The high temperature in the blossoming time may affect the yield.
This year, the green gram price has dropped slightly from K41,000 per basket to K38,000 per basket, said Ko Bo Gyi, a local farmer.
Although there are many bean commodity depots in Minbu town, the gap between the different green gram prices is about K500 from one another. According to the local farmers, the green gram yields abundantly and has a fair price in Minbu (Sagu) township.
Myanmar annually produced only over 300,000 tonnes of green grams earlier. Later, more than 600,000 tonnes of green gram were being produced. The country also exported green gram mostly to China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia and Europe. –Zeyar Htet (Minbu)/GNLM