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May 28, 2020

Chickpea demand up as local consumption rises

A man packaging a sack of chickpea in a warehouse in Mandalay.  Photo: Min Htet Aung
A man packaging a sack of chickpea in a warehouse in Mandalay.  Photo: Min Htet Aung

The sale of chickpea has increased due to its local consumption going up amid the Cvoid-19, according to a merchant from Mandalay.
“Farmers mainly grow the peas for local market, and its early yields in January fetched K 72,000 per bag, and K 1,900 per viss (1 viss= 1.63kg).” said U Soe Win Myint (Soe Win Myint depot) in Mandalay.
The pea is being sold well, and fetched K 62,000 per bag and K 1,650 per viss at present, added U Soe Win Myint.
“Every Myanmar people eats chick pea. In our Mandalay, we always add chickpeas to the list of offertory to monks.” he said.
It is also an ingredient for most of Myanmar traditional snacks. Due to the pandemic, people purchased many peas, and its sale was going up, but its price didn’t increase. More than a half of chick pea grinders in Mandalay can operate now, therefore, the laborers working at the mills are doing well, he added. Daw Wah Wah Aung from Mana Aungmyay Township said, “The best vaccine for the Covid-19 is to stay at home. Therefore, our family stayed at home and cooked many kinds of curries with the stored chick peas, vegetables and fried fishes.”
Chickpea is cheap, and nutrient. At present, it is important to stay healthy amid the Cvoid-19, she added.
The pea is mainly cultivated for local consumption in Mandalay, Sagaing, and Magway regions in only cool season. — Min Htet Aung (Mandalay Sub-printing House)  (Translated by Kyaw Zin Tun)


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