Alizetics aims to add another crop to her trading portfolio besides sunflower oilseeds. We have recently done a feasibility study to find out which crop would have the highest potential to succeed. The cultivation conditions, market demand, interest of farmers and current competition for rice, peanuts, chick peas and green grams were investigated and compared. Green gram, or Mung beans, came out best. Green gram are categorized as a so called pulse crop. Pulses can bear harsh climatic conditions because they need little water and are usually rain-fed.
In March the first 6.000 kilos of green grams were bought, as a pilot, from smallholder farmers in Shinyanga. The little beans have to be stored dry for several months before they are ready to sell. India is the world’s largest market for pulses and Indian diaspora markets will remain important sources of demand. They use green grams for example in curries and dahl, a popular Indian dish.
The seeds are stored in so called hermetic triple bags, a chemical free storage method. This way we can safely store the seeds, away from insects or pests, for more than a year.