Sesame exports exceed 90,000 tons in current fiscal
August 05, 2019

Myanmar exported 90,000 tons of various sesame seeds worth US$147 million between 1 October, 2018 and 12 July, 2019, according to the Ministry of Commerce. Myanmar shipped the sesame seeds to markets in the UK, Germany, the Netherlands, Greece, and Poland among the EU countries. The EU markets prefer organically farmed sesame seeds from Myanmar, said an official from the Trade Promotion Department.

Japan prefers Myanmar’s black sesame seeds, cultivated under good agricultural practices (GAP), and purchases them after a quality assessment. Black sesame seeds from Myanmar are also exported to South Korea and Japan. Meanwhile, China purchases various coloured sesame seeds from the country. A growth in the sesame seed acreage combined with GAP has helped increase exports. Farmers who used GAP in farming have reaped benefits, said exporters. Sesame crops are cultivated throughout the year in the country. Magway Region, which is gaining a reputation as the oil pot of Myanmar, is the main producer of sesame seeds, and it was also the first region to adopt the GAP system for sesame farming.

The area under sesame cultivation is also growing in Mandalay and Sagaing regions. Of the edible oil crops grown in Myanmar, the acreage under sesame is the highest, accounting for 51.3 per cent of the overall oil crop plantation. The volume of sesame exports was registered at over 96,000 tons, worth $130 million, in the 2015-2016 fiscal year; 100,000 tons, worth $145 million, in the 2016-2017 FY; and, 120,000 tons, worth $147 million, in the 2017-2018 FY.—GNLM (Translated by Ei Myat Mon)