With the abundant supply of green gram, about 3,000 bags of green gram are reaching the bean trading market in Monywa town daily and about 2,000 to 3,000 bags of green gram are being sold to China and India every day, said general secretary U Zaw Moe of Monywa green gram depot.
“Around 3,000 bags of green gram are entering Monywa depots daily. The price of green gram is around K36,000-K37,000, which is the normal price. The green grams are demanded by China and India. The traders from Monywa town purchase the green gram from the local farmers and send them back to China and India. The green grams are sent to China via Mandalay route and to India via Yangon route. Around 2,000 or 3,000 bags of green gram are being sold daily in Monywa town. Although Monywa could not supply the green gram to meet the full demand, the green grams from Shwebo, Pakokku and Ayeyawady regions can supply enough to meet the market demand,” he added.
The red peanuts, white peanuts, green grams and sesames, which has grown with the irrigation system, are entering the Monywa market as well. The current price of green gram is ranging between K36,000 and K37,000 while the peanut price is K3,000-K3,200 per viss in the market.
“Pigeon peas and chickpeas are also marketable beans. But they are not newly harvested beans. Some buy the pigeon peas and chickpeas because they like the price or they need them. Now, the green grams are newly harvested beans and they are reaching in thousands of the bags to the market daily,” said U Tin Ko, a bean trader from Monywa town. With a high demand for green grams from China, the price of the green gram which has been declining previously is now rising starting from 20 May.
To be able to reopen the Monywa commodity depot closed temporarily because of the coronavirus pandemic, the market committee has already submitted a proposal to Sagaing region coronavirus prevention and response committee. The Monywa commodity depot will reopen after they have taken necessary measures.
“The Monywa commodity depot is conducting the coronavirus prevention and control activities and has already kept the masks, water and soaps and hand gels,” stated the general secretary of Monywa green gram depot. — Myo Win Tun (Monywa) (Translated by Hay Mar)