The newly harvested black-eyed peas entered Mandalay at high prices, traders said.
Those peas were harvested earlier this year as usual. The peas from Madaya, Singu, Monywa and Kyaukse areas flowed into markets. The price was K100,000 per three-basket bag during the harvest time last year. The price increased to K115,000 per bag. The price is pretty high, said Soe Win Myint, an owner of Soe Win Myint depot from Mandalay.
“This pea is also known as Nadaw pea as they are usually harvested in early Nadaw (ninth month of traditional Myanmar calendar). Some regard this as a gem as this lucrative pea brings prosperity for the growers every year so they are also figuratively called as Weint Sein pea (the popular gold shop name) in Kyaukse area. The pea is primarily shipped to India, China, Japan and European countries as the domestic consumption is extremely low. Traders from Yangon are buying them to export them to India. So, black eyed peas from Hinthada will be harvested. It is grown once a year. The quality and yield of the pea are good amid the favourable weather condition,” he elaborated.
It is primarily produced in Kyaukse, Madaya, Singu, Wundwin, Thetaw, Monywa, Pakokku, Salin, Sinbyugyun, Hinthada, Zalun, Kayan and Thongwa townships.
Myanmar has shipped more than 29,269 tonnes of black-eyed peas to the international trade partners till 9 December in the current financial year 2022-2023 since April 2022, generating revenue of US$19.9 million, the Customs Department’s statistics showed.
The foreign trade partners prefer Myanmar’s black-eyed peas due to the low content of chemical residues.—Min Htet Aung (Mandalay sub-printing house)/KK