August 19, 2016

Bad weather blamed for rising green gram prices

A farmer sprays tonic on green gram field.
A farmer sprays tonic on green gram field.

A SACK of green gram is currently priced at K150,000 in the market, up K5,000 from the previous price after bad weather hit the summer crop in central Myanmar last week.
Strong hail destroyed plantations, causing green gram outputs to fall, said U Soe Win Myint, a crop broker in Mandalay. This has resulted in a rise in the price of green gram as supply and demand are not in balance in the market, he added.
U Kyaw Moe, a farmer in Sintgaing Township, said he felt disappointed when his green gram plantations were battered by the bad weather.
Farmers in Monywa and Pakokku townships said their green gram output is expected to be cut in half due to the damage caused by bad weather.
Strong wind and hail hit 2,886 acres of green gram plantations in Mandalay, where 13 kinds of summer crops grow on 12,815 acres.


Aung Thant Khaing


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