Myanmar pulse exports rising

Myanmar exported 1.54 million tonnes of beans and pulses in 2015, witnessing 25 per cent up from the previous year, largely because of increased demand from India, according to official government statistics.

Productive rate of beans in central Myanmar region declined 30 per cent due to drought, with pigeon pea at K24,000, green gram at K33,000 and mung bean at K 3,3500 per basket last year.

Myanmar export 70 per cent of mung beans to India, while 50 per cent of green gram to China.  Demand of pigeon peas to western countries also contributes to a certain extent although purchasing volume of this variety in those countries is gradually increasing.

A recent study by the International Food Policy Research Institute showed that pulses imports of India rose from 0.1 million tons in 2000 to a staggering 4.1 million tons in 2012. In terms of value, pulses import has joined the billion-dollar club, rising US$ 45 million in 2000 to $1.93 billion in 2012.

The bean exporter said the reasons for increasing local prices of beans and peas are because of declining Myanmar currency rate against hard currency, as well as higher demand of foreign markets where crops were devastated amidst natural disasters such as floods and heavy rains.

Source: Global New Light of Myanmar

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