Green gram farmers in Thaton wary of poor returns despite good harvest

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A man works in a farm. Photo : Thet Oo (Thathon)

Green gram grown in Auk Kwin village tracts, Thaton Township, Mon State, are wary of poor returns from their thriving plantations this year as they faced huge losses last year due to untimely rain which hit their plantations.
“We saw good price last year despite low yield due to rain. But, fortune smiles on us and brings good weather, and we will have a good harvest,” said said U Tin Aye, a farmer from the ThaungGyi village. “The output will be good. It would be nice to get a good price at harvest time.I’m worried about the price going down. I won’t lose even if I get a regular price,” U Tin Aye added.
Green grams were destroyed in previous year, and this year pulses have become scarce and expensive to buy, and the cost of farming has risen due to difficulties in purchasing and transport costs during the COVID-19 pandemic period, according to the green gram farmers.
Green grams grown in Thaton Township are mostly exported to the commodity warehouses in Bago.
Green grams and summer paddy are grown in Thaton Township, and this year there are 16,989 acres of green gram, according to the township Department of Agriculture.—ThetOo (Thathon) (Translated by Kyaw Zin Lin)

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