Sesame growers from Kyaukse Township, Mandalay Region, said they have continued to make a good profit this harvest season. This year, sesame growers were facing losses due to a poor harvest caused by bad weather. However, a growing demand has helped fetch a good price for the crop.
Sesame is mainly grown in the wet season. Growers in Kyaukse Township chiefly cultivate black and white sesame. At present, a basket of black sesame is fetching Ks80,000, while a basket of white sesame is fetching Ks60,000 in the domestic market, said U Soe Naing, a sesame grower from Yebawgyi Village.
The price of sesame seeds has increased this year compared from previous years, he added.
Sesame seeds, counted among profitable export products, are widely consumed not only in Myanmar, but also in other countries. Sesame seeds are mostly used as a garnish, as an ingredient in some foods, and a snack on their own. A popular sesame product is sesame oil, which is an edible vegetable oil derived from sesame seeds. Due to its health benefits, sesame oil is also used in traditional medicine.
(Translated by Khaing Thanda Lwin)