Freshly harvested green gram fetches high price in Yangon market

Fresh green gram prices increased by K 11,500 compared with last year in the Yangon market.  Photo: Ko Kyaw (Thongwa)
Fresh green gram prices increased by K 11,500 compared with last year in the Yangon market. 
Photo: Ko Kyaw (Thongwa)

Newly harvested green gram has begun entering the market in the Thongwa Township of Yangon Region, with growers selling it at a high price, according to wholesalers.
Wholesalers said the price of green gram was K44,500 per basket on 25 January. Each basket contains 20 viss (72 pounds) of green gram. The price has increased by K11,500 compared with last year, when a basket of green gram was fetching K33,000. The price of green gram is usually volatile at the beginning of the harvest period. The price is expected to change, depending on the production.
In Thongwa Township, growers are mainly cultivating monsoon paddy and marketable varieties of green gram. Green gram can be harvested two and a half months after planting. Normally, local growers start planting green gram in the second week of November. Growers estimate that almost all green gram plantations will be ready for harvest in mid-February. U Tin Myint Aung, the head of the Thongwa Township Agriculture Department, said depending on the climate, quality of soil, seeds, fertilizers and other inputs, an acre of green gram can produce over 20 baskets of the crop. For the 2018-2019 Financial Year, the acreage of winter green gram in the township stands at 129,984 acres, he added.—Ko Kyaw (Thongwa)(Translated by Khaing Thanda Lwin)

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