High price of elephant foot yam raises growers’ family income in Katha

Elephant foot yams can be used as natural remedy to cure bowel movement, constipation, cramps, and intestinal burn.   PHOTO: Ye Aung (Katha-IPRD)
Elephant foot yams can be used as natural remedy to cure bowel movement, constipation, cramps, and intestinal burn.  PHOTO: Ye Aung (Katha-IPRD)

Manageable-scale growers of elephant foot yam from Zayti Gone Village in Katha Township, Sagaing region are happy with the rising price of elephant foot yam this year, according to the local growers. The price of elephant foot yams is on the rise this year, compared to that of last year. So, the local growers are happy with their family income this monsoon and earning a high profit. Elephant foot yam production has become a lucrative business this year. “The elephant foot yam is produced everywhere in Katha Township. It could not fix the same price. There will be different prices depending upon the delivery costs and the market demand. Each time, six visses of the elephant foot yam are boiled. This business can earn our family a high income in monsoon,” said U Tin Phone, a local elephant foot yam maker. Eight villagers from Zayti Gone Village are being engaged in the elephant foot yam businesses. The village usually sells 100 visses of elephant foot yam per day. They are also sending it to Katha and Htigyaing. A viss of fresh elephant foot yams is valued at K1,200 while the readymade elephant foot yams, K1,000 per viss this year. Myanmar elephant foot yams are primarily purchased by China, Japan, and the Republic of Korea.—Ye Aung (Katha-IPRD) (Translated by Hay Mar)

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