Growing acreage, GAP boost black sesame seeds exports

Black sesame Photo: GNLM

A growth in sesame seeds acreage combined with good agricultural practices (GAP) helped increase exports to 88 tons this monsoon season, up by 16 tons from the same period last year, said U Myint Aung, director of the Myint Myat Taw Win Company in Magway Region.
“Some sesame plantations were damaged by torrential rain this year. Yet, the export volume this year surpassed last year’s,” he said.
“Farmers who used GAP in farming reaped the benefit. Stored properly, black sesame seeds can fetch Ks5,000-Ks10,000 per basket,” he added. Magway was the first region to adopt the GAP system for sesame farming.
In 2017, sesame growers from 50 villages of Magway, Minbu, Minhla, and Natmauk townships used GAP in
farming over 3,000 acres of land. Over 70 tons of black sesame seeds were shipped to Japan in spite of the fact that torrential rain destroyed some farms.
This year, sesame acreage has reached about 3,500 acres with the expansion of plantations to some villages in Yenangyoung, Myothit, and Magway townships, said U Zaw Htay Oo from Network Activities Group (NAG).
Ministers from the Magway Region government, staff from the Magway Region Agriculture Department,
merchants from Yangon, Mandalay, and Magway, growers and the NAG have held discussions on the Japanese market and sesame seeds crop. Black sesame seeds fetched Ks237,000 for three baskets this year, according to the Myint Myat Taw Win Company.

—Zwe Htet Shin
(Translated by  Ei Myat Mon)

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