June 29, 2017

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Green gram plantations produce a thumping harvest

Farmers havesting at the green gram plantations. Photo: Ko Kyaw (Thonegwa)
Farmers havesting at the green gram plantations. Photo: Ko Kyaw (Thonegwa)

THONGWA Township in Yangon Region has seen a massive influx of green grams into the market this month, with growers getting K41,000  ($33.09) per viss (a viss is aprox. 1.6 kilograms), locals say.
The region mainly grows two kinds of green grams—namely Yayzin and Shwewah.
Of them, Yayzin usually gets a good price in the market.
Plantation owners have to pay K500 for workers to pluck green grams due to the scarcity of fruit pickers. Most of pickers are women from Ayeyawady and Bago regions as well as the central and upper Myanmar. Farmers from 65 wards and villages in Thongwa Township cultivated popular species of bean on 130,800 acres of farmlands, 130,430 of which are green gram plantations.

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