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February 27, 2018

Farmers face lack of labour to harvest winter crops

Scarce labourers seen on a field. Photo: Phoe Chan (Monywa)
Scarce labourers seen on a field. Photo: Phoe Chan (Monywa)

ALTHOUGH growers in Sagaing Region have got a large harvest this season they are facing lack of available labour to cut and gather winter crops this harvest time, locals say.
“Normally, we seek employees within our village, but this year we need to find them from nearby villages,” said a farmer from Nyaungbinkai Village in
Yinmabin Township in Sagaing Region.
“Increasing numbers of young people in our village find works overseas, that is the main reason the workers are growing scarce.”
Lack of workers is forcing farmers to pay more in wages. Current expenses for a labourer is K4,000 per day, he added.
According to the nationwide census, 70 % of the country’s total population live in rural areas. The rural communities mainly rely on agribusinesses. Farmers mostly grow rice, wheat, various kinds of beans, onion, potato, chili and other seasonal crops.


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