Pulses exports exceed 1.5 mln tonnes in ten months (October-July)

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Workers bag beans at a depot in Bayintnaung Market in Yangon.  Photo: Phoe Khwar

Myanmar exported over 1.5 million tonnes of multiple pulses and beans from 1 October to July-end in the financial year 2019-2020, earning over $1.1 billion, according to the data of the Ministry of Commerce.
During a-year ago period, about $940 million worth pulses and beans were exported. The export volume this year is relatively higher than that in the corresponding period of last year.
India is the leading buyer of Myanmar beans, especially black beans, green grams and pigeon peas. Besides India, Myanmar’s beans are purchased by Bangladesh, Pakistan, Nepal, Dubai, Malaysia, Indonesia, China (Taipei), Japan, and European countries. But, the volume of demand by those countries is small, according to the domestic beans market.
India has been delaying to buy the beans amid the COVID-19 crisis, regardless of requirement in its supply, the traders said.
On 22 May, India rapidly changed the import period of black bean to three months by August-end 2020 from the earlier set deadline of March 2021, as per their official notice.
Although the bean body asked to extend the August-end deadline, India still has not responded to the request.
At present, Myanmar has exported about 100,000 tonnes of black beans out of 400,000 tonnes to India.
Myanmar ships over 1.6 million tonnes of different varieties of pulses, especially mung beans, with an estimated worth of US$1 billion, to other counties in the financial year 2018-2019. — Mon Mon (Translated by Ei Myat Mon)

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