Seed prices have risen in the local market owing to high demand from local fruit and crop cultivators, according to the seeds and fertilisers market.
“The sale of watermelons and muskmelons has doubled this year compared to last year. The prices of seed have increased in the cultivation season. The prices of sesame and corn seeds have increased the most. The monsoon sesame will be cultivated soon, while seedless corn is being cultivated in other regions,” said Dr. Nay Aung, Aung Yadanar, a seed and fertiliser shop owner in Mandalay.
“We are preparing to cultivate monsoon sesame. Earlier, we bought sesame seeds for more than Ks20,000 per basket, but now we have to buy sesame seeds for around Ks30,000 per basket. Seeds are important for the agricultural sector. We need good quality seeds. While buying watermelon and muskmelon seeds, we need to ensure they are of good quality. Therefore, local farmers usually buy the seeds from familiar shops,” said U Lwin Oo, a local farmer from Tatkon Township, Nay Pyi Taw.
In the local market, most farmers bought the seeds a month or two prior to the cultivation season. The price of onion seeds has increased to Ks10,000 per basket from Ks5,000 per basket. The price of seedless corn has increased to Ks25,000 per pack from Ks9,000 per pack, while the price of watermelon seeds has increased to Ks28,000 per kilogram from Ks20,000 per kilogram. Sesame seeds price has increased to Ks25,000 per basket from Ks15,000 per basket.
Recently, the Ministry of Commerce granted foreign companies permission to trade seeds and fertilisers so local farmers can buy the seeds at affordable prices in the local market.
Local farmers can check their seed quality at the agricultural department.
Myat Thu (AMIA)