August 19, 2016

100,000 acres of land put under cultivation of summer paddy

Farmers plant rice in an irrigated field in Sagaing.
Farmers plant rice in an irrigated field in Sagaing.

OVER 100,000 acres of land have been put under cultivation of summer paddy in Sagaing Region, according to the regional Department of Agriculture.
Farmers in the region are expected to plant a total of 372,774 acres of summer paddy this year, 136,852 acres of which have already been planted this April.
“We were late in planting our monsoon paddy last year because of flooding caused by torrential rains. This year, however, and the regional departments of agriculture, settlement and land records, irrigation and industry joined forces on 19 February to irrigate and plant summer paddy due to its short lifespan,” said U Thein Win, the head of the Sagaing Region Department of Agriculture.
The principal districts of Sagaing Region where summer paddy is cultivated are Yinmabin, Monywa, Shwebo, Mawleik, Sagaing, Katha, Kalay, Hkamti and Tamu.
“Summer paddy is still being planted this month. Some farmers have finished planting. We’ve had no issues with water supply for irrigation, though. The only reason we haven’t finished planting is because we were late in ploughing our fields,” said Ko Yan Lay, a Shwebo resident.
Among the paddy plantations Sagaing Region, 10,736 acres have been planted in Hkamti, 33 acres in Tamu, 3,326 acres in Kalay, 10,920 acres in Mawleik, 74,798 acres in Shwebo, 10,507 acres in Sagaing, 1,277 acres in Yinmabin and 251 acres in Monywa.


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