What it's about:
The humble mung bean, also known as green gram, is fast becoming a popular cash crop in Kenya, say farmers.
The small round green bean requires low rainfall and performs well in semi-arid areas, making it a popular choice in drought-stricken regions.
The bean is highly valued both in Kenya and in the export market, especially in Asia, with exports heading from the East African nation to India, China, Saudi Arabia and Pakistan, reports Xinhua news agency.
Why it's noteworthy:
The Kenya Red Cross said it has partnered with county governments in eastern Kenya to promote the popular pulse.
Many farmers have also begun diversifying their crops to include green gram to protect against drought and armyworm infestations, according to an article by the Thomson Reuters Foundation.
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