August 19, 2016

Agricultural technology helps alleviate farmer shortage

A farmer ploughs a farmland to grow rice at a village near Nay Pyi Taw. Photo: Aye Min Soe
A farmer ploughs a farmland to grow rice at a village near Nay Pyi Taw. Photo: Aye Min Soe

TECHNOLOGY and machinery will assist with increasing crop yields in the western Bago Region of Pyay, and the southern Magway Region of Aunglan, in a bid to resolve the problem of a shortage of farmers, according to the Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation.
“We had flooding here in Aunglan twice last year. It meant that more agricultural expenses were incurred by the farmers. The farmers here don’t have much faith in the machinery they’ve been instructed to use [by the MoA] as they don’t have a habit of using it normally. The machinery will be tested by cultivating a 15 acre plot. It is expected that are a larger area of the land will be able to be cultivated in the coming year due to the success of the machinery.” said U Htay Maung, head of the Department of Agriculture in Aunglan township.
Experiments were systematically carried out by experts from the Pyay Laldawgyi agriculture distribution enterprise on seed production and machinery usage in cultivation. If cultivation activities are carried out in the manner which the experts demonstrated, then it could see an increase in crop yields as well as a solution to the problem with a shortage of farmers.
“As conventional methods go, if there’s an area of ten acres then farmers will have the capacity to cultivate around 1.5 acres of it. We’re able to produce seeds in areas of 0.20 acres and fifteen acres. As such, one doesn’t need a lot of space. And, cultivating with machinery equipment will alleviate difficulties with a shortage of farmers. Furthermore, about five acres a day will be able to be covered by cultivating with machinery, also reliving the problems of having to irrigate crops. We want farmers to promote their knowledge of cultivation practices.” said U Kyi Soe, a of responsibile official from the aforementioned distribution enterprise.
The agricultural technology has been tested on approximately 200 acres of land in Bwet Gyi of Aunglan township, as well as Zeya and Pyay regions.—Myitmakha News Agency


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