Myanmar pulse exports exceed 367,000 tonnes as of 17 May

Myanmar’s pulse exports to­talled over US$315 million with over 367,000 tonnes as of 17 May in the current financial year 2024- 2025, beginning 1 April, the Min­istry of Commerce’s statistics showed.


Myanmar’s seaborne trade hit over 356,150 tonnes of puls­es exports worth $305.3 million, whereas over 11,610 tonnes of pulses worth $10.25 million were sent to the neighbouring coun­tries between 1 April and 17 May this FY.


The value of Myanmar’s pulse exports reached over US$1.48 billion from over 1.76 million tonnes in the FY 2023- 2024, the Ministry of Commerce’s statistics indicated.


Myanmar mainly exports black grams, green grams and pigeon peas to foreign markets. Of them, black grams and pigeon peas are primarily shipped to India, while green grams are exported to China and Europe.


India has growing demand and consumption requirements for black grams and pigeon peas. According to a Memorandum of Understanding between My­anmar and India signed on 18 June 2021, India will import 250,000 tonnes of black grams and 100,000 tonnes of pigeon peas (tur) from Myanmar for five consecutive years from 2021-2022 financial year to 2025-2026 FY. This G-to-G pact will not affect the pulses’ annual quota set by India. Myanmar’s exporters are also entitled to deliver the pulses to India under that yearly quota.


Myanmar’s black gram output is estimated at 400,000 tonnes per year, whereas pigeon pea production crosses 50,000 tonnes.


The Myanmar Pulses, Beans, Maize and Sesame Seeds Merchants Association stated that black grams, which India primarily purchases, are com­monly found only in Myanmar, whereas pigeon peas, green grams and chickpeas are grown in African countries and Austral­ia. — NN/EM