Mung bean output to be increased to meet demand from India

The number of mung bean plantation acres will be increased this winter to meet India’s demand of 10,000 tonnes of mung bean, according to the Rakhine Agriculture Department.

India has said it will purchase 10,000 tonnes of mung bean during the next fiscal year, which has prompted the agriculture department to begin the process of significantly increasing the output of mung bean from 37,000 to 40,000 acres in Buthidaung, Minbya, MraukU, Kyauktaw, Taungup, Thandwe and Gwa townships in Rakhine State, it is learnt.

India has already entered into an agreement to purchase the mung beans that will be grown mostly in Rakhine State. The department is currently conducting a tour of the farms to encourage the growers to cultivate more mung beans. A minimum of 40,000 acres of land will be required to meet the demand, said U Aung San Thar, the deputy director of Rakhine Agriculture Department.

An acre of mung beans yields 8 baskets in Rakhine State and so 320,000 baskets of mung beans will be produced from Rakhine State if a boost in plantation acres to 40,000 is successful, according to the state agriculture department.

The number of crop plantations, including mung beans, is actually decreasing in Yathedaung and Maungtaw townships due to the instability in Rakhine State, it is learnt.

“As far as I am concerned, we gain more benefits from the cultivation of peas than the paddy farming because it saves more labour costs. We have just broadcasted the pea seeds two weeks before we harvested the paddy. We can get 10 baskets of mung beans per acre if we systematically cultivate them”, said U Kyaw Zan Aung, a farmer from Minbya Township.

Before 2000, the locals from Rakhine cultivated mung bean on a manageable scale only for local consumption. Starting in 2011, the locals began to produce mung bean on a commercial scale because of the demand from merchants who were coming to Rakhine.

Source: The Global New Light of Myanmar

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