Myeik market sees low demand for jengkol beans

Jengkol beans.  Photo: Supplied
Jengkol beans.  Photo: Supplied

The jengkol beans market in Myeik District, Taninthayi Region, has cooled with the demand for the fruits going down this harvest season, according to local wholesalers.
The jengkol beans, also known as Danyinthee in Myanmar, are a locally-produced seasonal food, popular among the Myanmar people. They use the fruits principally in cooking. Baked, boiled or raw jengkol beans are served with salty fish sauce and boiled rice.
Depending on their size and freshness, jengkol beans were worth some Ks70-Ks80 per fruit previously. The prices have gone down to Ks5 per fruit this month due to high production.
A wholesaler said the prices of jengkol fruits had declined owing to the supply exceeding demand in the market. Jengkol beans can usually be harvested in April and May. This year saw a mass production of jengkol beans in Kyunsu, Myeik, Palaw and Taninthayi townships simultaneously.
Last year, growers reaped a handsome profit from the sale of the same products despite a decrease in production. The majority of jengkol beans were sent to Yangon market through Myeik.—Myint Oo (Myeik)

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