Pigeon pea


Pigeon pea is mainly sown in Myanmar’s central dry zone, which includes parts of Mandalay, southern Sagaing and Magwe regions, as well as hilly zones countrywide where its resistance to drought makes it an attractive cash crop.

Most domestic pigeon pea is consumed by Myanmar of Indian descent, Indian restaurants and by the farmers and residents in the areas where it is grown.

Pigeon pea comes in multiple colours, such as red, white and mixed but the red variety is most valued by traders, who buy it with the intention of exporting the crop to India, by far the largest export market for Myanmar’s beans and pulses crops.

Last financial year the harvested area of pigeon pea was 1.59 million acres, of which 92 percent (1.48 million acres) was sown in the central dry zone, which resulted in a total harvest amounted of about 849,000 tonnes.

Scientific Classification of Pigeon Peas
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Rosids
Order: Fabales
Family:  Fabaceae
Genus:  Cajanus
Species:  C. cajan
Binomial name Cajanus cajan (L.) Millsp.