About 100,000 tonnes of pulses to be sold to India under G to G agreement

About 100,000 tonnes of pulses will be sold to India per year under a government-to-government (G to G) agreement, according to the Commerce Ministry.

Preparations to sign a bilateral Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) about the export of pulses are being made. The Myanmar Pulses, Beans and Sesame Seed Merchants’ Association will cooperate with the Commerce Ministry for the pulses export. Over 600,000 tonnes of mung beans and over 200,000 tonnes of pigeon peas were yearly produced before 2015. The yield has been on the decline since. Therefore, pulse merchants are concerned that they will not be able to meet the demand of India, it is learnt. During the recent visit of the president of Myanmar to India, the government proposed to increase its annual demand by 25,000 tonnes for Myanmar’s mung beans and pigeon peas starting in 2017.

About 240,000 tonnes of various pulses are yearly exported on average to foreign countries. India is the major export market, but the pulses are also exported to Japan, China, Indonesia and the countries of the European Union, according to the Myanmar Pulses, Beans and Sesame Seeds Merchants’ Association.

Source: The Global New Light of Myanmar

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