February 11, 2017

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Farmers expect high yield of long staple cotton

This lush and green cotton plantaion will be hope for grower. Photo: Min Min Htwe
This lush and green cotton plantaion will be hope for grower. Photo: Min Min Htwe

A FIELD day of Ngwechi-9 and Shwedaung-8 long staple cotton plantations was held on farmland in Yanaung village, Pyawbwe Township, Mandalay Region, on Tuesday.
Head of Township Agriculture Department U Nay Win explained the characteristics of quality cotton species, the prevention of pests, the market price of cotton and the economic development of local cotton growers.
A farmer said, “I grow one acre of Shwedaung-8 cotton and two acres of Ngwechi-9 cotton with the technical assistance of the Township Agriculture Department. In November, I will harvest my plantations. It costs about K200,000 (155USD) per acre to cultivate. I expect my plantations will yield 1,600 kilo of cotton per acre, netting me about K800,000 (620 USD) per acre based on K1,100 per 1.6 kilos of cotton.”
The field day was also attended by Deputy Director U Lin Myat of the Yamethin District Agriculture Department and the Chairman of the Township Agricultural Coordination Committee U Min Ko Ko in addition to a number of lesser officials.—Min Min Htwe (Pyawbwe)

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