Pigeon pea price climbs on global demand

The pigeon pea price bounced back to K3.505 million per tonne on 9 January 2024 after a drop to K3.22 million on 30 December 2023 in the domestic market.


The figures reflected a sharp rise of K280,000 per tonne within ten days. The price rise is at­tributed to the surge in foreign demand.


The pigeon pea hit a record high of K4.15 million per tonne on 8 November 2023.


Myanmar primarily exports black grams, green grams and pigeon peas to foreign markets. Black grams and pigeon peas are mostly conveyed to India, while green grams are shipped 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 pulse’s annual quota set by India. My­anmar’s exporters are entitled to deliver the pulses to India under that annual quota.


Myanmar exported around 1.15 million tonnes of pulses worth over $978 million to for­eign trade partners over the past nine months of the current 2023-2024 financial year, the Ministry of Commerce’s statis­tics showed. Myanmar’s pulses exports bagged US$1.47 billion from over 1.9 million tonnes in the previous FY 2022-2023, the Ministry of Commerce’s statistics indicated. — NN/EM