Local farmers are expecting to produce 50 baskets of sesame from every two acres of land under sesame cultivation. They said sesame will be cultivated on more than 180,000 acres this monsoon in Magway Township of Magway Region.
Although the farmers are worried about the inputs, labour charges, and selling price for sesame, they said, they will make more profits this year than last year if the sesame yield is good as expected.
“There have been some seasons in which we could not bring even a seed of sesame home because of bad weather conditions. This year, some local farmers had to grow sesame twice because of late rainfall. From my own experience, sesame yield will be good this year. We expect to produce 50 baskets of sesame from every two acres,” said U Thaung Htay, a sesame grower from Magyi Kan Village.
“One basket of black sesame is selling for K85,000, while white sesame is fetching K56,000 in the local market. Cultivating sesame on two acres of land will cost around K1 million.
If the yield per acre is as good as expected and the current prices are retained, we can make about K2 million in profit,” said sesame growers. —Zayyatu (Magway)
(Translated by Hay Mar)