August 20, 2016

Sunflower growers in Sagaing turn to peanuts

A female farmer works at a peanut plantation.
A female farmer works at a peanut plantation.

AFTER drawing very low demand for sunflower seeds this season, farmers in Indaw Township, Sagaing Region, are shifting toward cultivating peanuts, farmers say.
“Farmers in Kyaukhsin Village largely established commercial sunflower plantations in past years as they can produce a bumper harvest,” Farmer U Soe Myint said.
“We were able to get good prices from the plantations. We got the highest demand for sunflowers in 2012, receiving between K10,000 (US$8) and K12,000 ($10) per basket. However, since 2013, we have traded the crop at around K5,000 ($4) per basket.”
“Farmers just about broke even last year,” he added.
He said the lower demand and the decline in price of sunflowers are the main reasons for farmers turning to peanuts.
Farmers in the area have developed peanut plantations since 2014. Each plantation produces around 60 baskets per season. Last year, growers sold peanuts for about K11,000 ($9) per basket.
Farmers from Letpadan, Thetkaikyin, Htantaw and Kyaukhsin villages mainly cultivate winter crops.




Maung Chit Lin


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