Beans in de­mand

Farm­ers ex­pect­ing big prices

Central and North Burnett Times - - FRONT PAGE - Emily Smith emily.smith@cnbtimes.com.au

THEY might not be the lo­cal pro­tein of choice, but Monto-grown mung beans are in high de­mand around the rest of the world.

“Mung beans are re­ally pop­u­lar in Asian coun­tries where they don’t eat much meat,” the man­ag­ing direc­tor of the Re­gal Seed and Grain pro­cess­ing cen­tre, Damien White, said.

“That is how they get their pro­tein.”

Monto agron­o­mist Ken­dell Muller said mung beans were fetch­ing big prices at the mo­ment. And he is ex­pect­ing up to 1600 hectares to be har­vested lo­cally this sum­mer.

Af­ter the har­vest, the beans are sent up to Mr White at the Re­gal Seed and Grain pro­cess­ing cen­tre to be washed and graded be­fore be­ing shipped off over­seas.

“They go all over the world – In­dia, Viet­nam and even Canada. Due to the large num­ber of Asian ex­pats, they all im­port a lot,” Mr White said.

Top-notch beans are eaten as sprouts, the mid­dle-grade beans are used to beef up cur­ries and make pastes, while manufacturing-qual­ity beans can be ground into flour for pap­pad­ums.

FULL STORY, PAGE 5

PHOTO: EMILY SMITH

BEAN BEN­E­FITS: Monto agron­o­mist Ken­dell Muller talks Ja­son Larsen through the ben­e­fits of mung bean farm­ing on Tues­day.

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