Bean farmers trained to meet EU's criteria

Local bean farmers are being trained to meet strict criteria to market their produce as the European Union's Generalised System of Preferences guarantees strong market and decent prices, according to the Ministry of Commerce.

"We export beans to India through sea freight but we can't use the same method when it comes to the EU. The EU pays more than the other markets but its limitations are stricter also," said Win Myint, a senior official of the ministry.

Since the European countries care about health issue, they asked for every step in the production – from the usage of chemical fertilisers to packaging.

"We have been training bean farmers and sharing knowledge about the EU market. We also assured them of getting better prices – at least Ks 500 (US$0.5) more than the market price," said Win Myint.

Between April 1, 2014 and the second week of March this year, the shipment of beans amounted to US$46.6 billion while border transactions topped $12.7 billion.