July 02, 2017

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Farmers earns high income from bamboo shoots

Bamboo shoots are abundant in Tatkon township with farmers earn more than K8,000 per day.  Photo: Tin Soe Lwin
Bamboo shoots are abundant in Tatkon township with farmers earn more than K8,000 per day.Photo: Tin Soe Lwin

Locals in Zeyathiri Township have turned to the business of cutting bamboo shoots in mountains in order to earn more during the rainy season.
Farmers can earn more than K8,000 per day from collecting and selling bamboo shoots, said Ko Aung Ye Phyo, a village of Ywathitgon, which is one of the several villages near the Shan Mountain Range.
When they have finished ploughing and while women plant rice seedlings in rain-fed field, local farmers carry on for gathering the bamboo shoots on the Shan Mountain Ranges during the four-month long monsoon season from June to September.
However, they can’t go to the forest every day since it is a tiring job, said Win Soe, a bamboo shoot hunter from the Waegyi Village.
“Our work is very very tiring and risky. Sometimes, we slipped on stones and got muscle pains. That’s why we can’t go to work every day, and have
to stay at home for two or three days in a week to take rest,” he added.

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