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August 21, 2019

Agricultural machinery benefit Sagaing Region’s farmers

Power tillers are displayed for sales in Sagaing. Photo: Win Oo(Zeyya Taing)
Power tillers are displayed for sales in Sagaing. Photo: Win Oo(Zeyya Taing)

Farmers in Sagaing Region are using agricultural machineries, including tractors, power tillers and a variety of agricultural machines for their farming, starting from 2012, according to the Sagaing Region’s Agricultural Mechanization Department.
A total of 6734 tractors and 57,337 power tillers were already purchased by farmers in the Sagaing Region, said an official.
“Previously, we used to rent agricultural machinery to farmers. But, within the seven year period of transforming agriculture into a machanized farming system, farmers became to understand the benefits of using farm machinery.
With the collaboration of private companies, the Department of Agricultural Mechanization arranged for the farmers to get installment loans to be able to purchase the farm machinery”, said U Khin Zaw Maung, an official from the Agricultural Mechanization Department.
“As for now, farmers are using more farm machines due to lack of workers and environmental impacts. As a result, farmers can see more financial benefits, as crop productivity is increasing year by year”, he added.
A total of 1,800,210 acres of monsoon paddy is being planted in the townships of ten districts in Sagaing Region, and farm machines are widely used by local farmers, according to Sagaing Region’s Agricultural Mechanization Department. — Win Oo (Zeyya Taing)

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