MORE THAN 200 acres of bean and pulse plantations in Katha District in Sagaing Region were destroyed by floods caused by torrential rain in first week of this month, local growers say.
The unrelenting rain caused Maeza Creek and the Ayayawady River to reach dangerously high levels that create floods in many parts of Htigyaing Township in early November, damaging numerous plantations.
The recent floods damaged a total of 234.50 acres of crops, including 50 acres of mung bean, five acres of groundnut, 60 acres of green peas and 27 acres of paddy fields that are tended by 90 farmers.
Farmers are now worried about high agriculture costs due to low production, as they cannot cultivate substitute crops in time, one of growers from Wonlogon Village said. Beans and pulses are among the major industrial crops in Myanmar, which remains a largely agricultural country, with 40 per cent of its economy based on farming. The country’s beans and pulses mostly go to India.
Between April and the first week of October, the country earned US$872.348 million from the export of over 758,000 tonnes of beans and pulses, including over $450 million from the export of over 322,000 tonnes of mung bean, over $220 from nearly 229,000 tonnes of green gram export and over $97 million from the sale of 80,768 tonnes of pigeon peas. — Township IPRD