Growers are elated as they are getting handsome prices of the sesame in the market. But the sesame production has dropped, not meeting our expectation and the low yield can be attributed to the bad weather condition this year.
The white sesame and black sesame are grown in Kyaukse township. The price of the black sesame prevails at K55,000 per basket while the white sesame is priced at K60,000 per basket, according to sesame growers. The sesame could be grown in two seasons such as the early rainy season and late rainy season.
Hsin Yadanar-4 and Hsin Yadanar-12 white sesame species and Magway black sesame 1/13 species are grown as of late monsoon crop mostly in Kyaukse district.
The District Agricultural Department grows a total of 58,934 acres of sesame including 30,694 acres of sesame in Kyaukse township, 10,137 acres in Singin township, 17,778 acres in Myittha township and 325 acres in Tada-U township. —Thet Maung (Kyaukse)/GNLM