Beans in demand
Farmers expecting big prices
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.
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BEAN BENEFITS: Monto agronomist Kendell Muller talks Jason Larsen through the benefits of mung bean farming on Tuesday.