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‘Yongchak’ exceedingly imported from Myanmar

Source: Imphal Free Press 

MOREH | Mar 20 : At Moreh, which is an international border town, many families earn their daily bread by doing seasonal businesses. Such small businesses that do not require a year round commitment not only provide a source of income for these families but also provide a means for livelihood for many petty business traders. The business commodity found in abundance at present, and very popular to the traders is bitter beans or stinky beans otherwise commonly known to the locals as Yongchak (Parkia speciosa). Yongchak business does not require a lot of capital for start ups. It is a legal business that can be started with a mere sum of


‘Yongchak’ exceedingly imported from Myanmar

‘Yongchak’ exceedingly imported from Myanmar

Rs. 5000 to 10,000 and can be handled quite easily. From this business, a person can make an easy profit of Rs. 1000 to 2000 per day. Yongchak being a delicacy fondly enjoyed by the people of the state, the beans are brought in to Imphal valley from Moreh town in terms of more than Rs. 3 to 8 Lakhs on a day. Vehicles like Tata DI and vans fully loaded with bitter beans are being transported to all corners of the state, thereby making a source of livelihood for many businessmen. For this year, a bundle of bitter beans having 50 pieces costs Rs. 200 to 300 in Moreh town. It has been also noted that bitter beans are being imported from Myanmar in an exceeding rate this year. Even if it is well a known fact that the food is fondly enjoyed by all in the state, the absence of cold storage and preservative centres is making the food available only in its season. The people have expressed that it would be hugely beneficial if a preservative centre is being opened in the town by the state government so that these seasonal food items can be made available throughout the year. Also, the town being located a hot climate; the soil of the area is highly suitable for planting bitter beans. Therefore, it would be more advantageous for all if a policy for Yongchak farming instead of practicing ‘jhum cultivation’ is introduced by the government.