|Burma: Gamoan worth Kyat 1700 lakhs produced in Chin state|
|Friday, 11 February 2011|
11 February 2011: Gamoan, worth Kyat 1750 lakhs, a produce akin to ginger but derived from orchid or lily families have been produced by villagers in Matupi and Paletwa Township, Chin state of Burma this year.
Village Lailenpi in Matupi Township produced 50,000 vises of what is locally known as Gamoan in their plantations.
We planted 15 visses an acre and got a yield of 1500 visses. We sold a viss for Kyat 3500 in the local market and got Kyat 40 lakhs per-acre,” said Leizatha, a villager in Lailenpi.
Leizatha said that a half of Lailenpi villagers could maintain orchids or lily plantations. But most in neighbouring villages are profiting from Gamoan plantations.
"The local authorities do not collect taxes now, so it helps farmers of Chin state. If we can plant freely in the area, we do not need to try and go to third countries,” said a Pathiantlang villager of Paletwa Township.
The neighbouring villagers are buying seed of Gamoan from Lailenpi village and hope that Gamoan yield will cover daily needs of their family in central Chin state.
"The Myanmar Women’s Affair’s Federation, founded by the State Peace and Development Council in December 2003, also approached us to provide orchid or lily seeds for next year,” said a local.
Paletwa areas also produce Gamoan, but then regime collects taxes illegally in these areas, so the people suffered from starvation last year.
Gamoan grows in the forests as well. Local people collect it to sell to some buyers, who in turn sell to China through Pakkuku and Mandalay without paying any taxes in Burma.
- Khonumthung News
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