October 19, 2017

Export of dried elephant foot yams earns nearly US$3 million

Elephant foot yam plant,

The export of dried elephant foot yams (Amorphophallus paeoniifolius) earns nearly US$3 million annually, according to a report in the City News Daily yesterday.
The Myanmar Fruit, Flower and Vegetable Producers and Exporters Association (MFVP) is planning to promote the dried elephant foot yam, a vegetable tuber plant, for the export sector. Official statistics show that Myanmar has earned over US$2.5 million in fiscal 2016-2017. Myanmar exports 700,000 visses of dried elephant foot yams worth Ks7 billion annually. “Local farmers are growing elephant foot yam tubers on their farms. The USAID, MFVP and Dana Association are promoting a farming project for elephant foot yams, coffee and better farms. Elephant foot yam tuber cultivation training has been planned. There are three types of elephant foot yams. Currently, local farmers are growing elephant foot yams along with other crops. The elephant foot yams are mostly grown Myeik, Kawthoung, Ye and Dawei in Taninthayi Region, Kanpetlet, Mindat towns in Chin State.—GNLM

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