Mung beans the key Downs crop

Mung beans look set to be a viable crop option.
Mung beans look set to be a viable crop option.

BLUE Ribbon export manager James Hunt believes the mung bean window will increase in areas within the Darling and Western Downs as the main summer crop.

Mr Hunt, who has worked for Blue Ribbon for seven years, travels extensively to keep up to date on overseas markets.

He said while mung beans may have had a bad wrap in the past, they were becoming more and more popular as a summer crop.

"Mung beans have become a better option for growers as they are able to be a mainstay in rotation for farmers," he said.

"The markets are strong and they are a viable crop."
Two of the biggest markets are India and China, with China being the main consumer.

"The crystal variety matches closely to the Chinese beans, so they've been really good for the Asian market and well accepted," Mr Hunt said.

"China is the main consumer from April to June, which happens to tie in with our harvest period, which has been quite beneficial for us, and we've really been able to move some product."

Mr Hunt said Blue Ribbon was able to accept all different qualities of mung beans.

"My role is to know how to match a certain quality to specific markets," he said.

"We take everything and then market it specifically to where it's suited. Knowing what's accepted in various markets and getting it right is really our company's strength."

Mr Hunt said Blue Ribbon had recently gone into value-adding lower-grade mung beans that were affected by adverse weather.

"Woods Grain at Goondiwindi is able to do the splitting of the beans to make retail mung dahl, which we can put back into our premium markets like the US and the UK," he said.

Topics:  crop mung beans summer

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