China demand pushes up kidney beans trade in Mandalay

Kidney beans in Myanmar are grown in October and harvested in January and February.  Photo: Min Htet Aung (Mandalay Sub-Printing House)
Kidney beans in Myanmar are grown in October and harvested in January and February.  Photo: Min Htet Aung (Mandalay Sub-Printing House)

Newly harvested kidney beans are seeing a strong trade in the Mandalay market due to demand from China, according to traders.
“China usually purchases Myanmar kidney beans in March every year. This year, traders from the neighbouring country have started buying fresh beans at harvest time,” said U Soe Win Myint, owner of the Soe Win Myint depot from Mandalay.
“Green grams (Shwe Wah variety) are also in high demand in the early harvest season. Moreover, Chinese traders are actively purchasing kidney beans at harvest time. Unlike in the previous years when trading used to be cool at the approaching time of the Chinese New Year, the beans trade transaction has been strong. That benefits growers and traders. India will also purchase kidney beans next month,” he said. In addition to high demand, the prices this year are also K10,000 per three-basket bag higher than last year. Currently, a bag of kidney beans is priced at K113,000. Meanwhile, green grams are fetching K125,000 per bag this year.
China buys Myanmar’s peanuts, various sesame seeds, butter bean, kidney beans, green grams, corn, soy beans, and other pulses and beans from Mandalay market.
Kidney beans are primarily grown in Bhamo, Katha, and Htigyaing in Sagaing Region in October. They are harvested in January. Kalay and Kalewa townships supply newly harvested beans in February. — Min Htet Aung (Mandalay Sub-Printing House) (Translated by Ei Myat Mon)

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