Black gram, pigeon pea prices fall again

The prices of black grams and pigeon peas fell again in the domestic market as the FOB price dropped and foreign demand faltered.


The prices peaked at K3.5 million per tonne of black gram and K4.197 million per tonne of pigeon pea on 5 February. The prices declined to K3.195 million for black grams and K3.977 million for pigeon peas on 13 February, indicating a sharp drop of K305,000 for black grams and K220,000 for pigeon peas.


Myanmar conveyed over 1.3 mil­lion tonnes of various pulses worth over US$1.123 billion over the past ten months of the current financial year 2023-2024, beginning 1 April, the Minis­try of Commerce’s statistics indicated.


Myanmar bagged over 1.47 billion from 1.9 million tonnes of pulses ex­ports last FY 2022-2023.


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


India has growing consumption requirements for black gram 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 gram 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 entitled to deliver the pulses to India under that yearly quo­ta.


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