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July 02, 2020

Growers in Chin State profit from high onion prices

Growers in Chin State are planning to extend onion cultivation in the winter as the crop fetched a high price in the monsoon harvest season.
Earlier, the price of onions stood at K500 per viss (one viss equals 1.6 kg). But in October, the price soared to K2,000 per viss.

Pickup truck loaded with sacks of onion at a wholesale market in Chin State.  Photo: Chindwin Tharlay

“The onions grown in the Chin Mountain and Kalay region are exported to foreign markets every year. The acreage under onion plantations decreased after Chin State suffered a natural disaster in 2015. The Indian market has also imposed a quota on onion imports and the export market has declined due to lower demand from the Indian market. China, Thailand, and Bangladesh imported onions from Chin State in the first week of September and the growers are benefiting from planting onions. Some commodity depots are selling onions on a manageable scale,” said a grower from Kyoethonepin village.
Onions from the Chin mountain and Kalay are mostly exported to Tamu, China, Thailand, and Bangladesh. Onions from Kalay region are currently being sent to Monywa, Mandalay, Kani, Homalin, Khamti, Mawlaik, and Phaungpyin markets.
“As onion is one of the main kitchen ingredients, its prices have hit a high. The price of onions has climbed to over K1,000 per viss in the Kalay market because of high demand from Mandalay and Monywa markets,” said a depot owner from Kalay Town.
Farmers in Kalay Town normally earn their living by cultivating onions on a manageable scale in order to earn an extra income. Additionally, the residents of Sinywar, Sipingyi, Setawgyi, Kyaungtike, Taungphilar, and other villages are cultivating onions. The people in the Chin mountain have come to cultivate onions on a commercial scale, and most of the onions are produced in villages in Falam Township. —Chindwin Tharlay
(Translated by La Wonn)

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