August 20, 2016

Betel leaf growers get record price

Betel farm in NyaungU. Photo: Kyaw Htay
Betel farm in NyaungU. Photo: Kyaw Htay

GROWERS from NyaungU Township in Mandalay Region get a record price for betel leaves that are linked to the lower production this season, a grower says.
Snow was falling heavily during the past three months, which is a major cause of low yields of betel leaf in the region.
“I have never seen before that the leaves are worth over K15,000 per viss this year,” Daw Ohn Kyaing, a betel leaf supplier from Oatnyint Village.
“We normally purchase up to 80 viss in NyaungU, Pakokku and Myingyan townships and nearby regions. We have difficulty collecting only 30 or 40 visses during these days in those areas,” she added.
All villages along the Ayeyawady River in NyaungU Township traditionally cultivated betel plants on a commercial scale.
Although the growers get better price for their plants than the previous year, they cannot make a healthy profit on the deals because of lower production, locals said.—Kyaw Htay


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