August 19, 2016

Farmers in Lewe Township expect good harvest, profits from winter crop

Officials inspect the sunflower plantation. Photo: Ko Pauk (Okka Myay)
Officials inspect the sunflower plantation. Photo: Ko Pauk (Okka Myay)

FARMERS in Lewe Township, Nay Pyi Taw Council Area, who saw losses in revenue due to downward prices and a low yield last year, have anticipated the fetching of good prices for their crop this year.
Regarding the decrease in last year’s harvest, experts from the government’s agricultural department have made field trips to villages in Lewe Township this cultural season, educating them on the systematic use of pesticides, timing of the cultivation and number of seeds per acre for growing.
“To make the pesticides more effective, farmers should spray pesticides on the crops in the early days of a month when pests mate”, said U Than Tun, an assistant staff officer of Lewe Township Agricultural Department.
The experts also advised the farmers to start to grow crops in first week or last week of December to be able to harvest the crop before the rainy season to minimize the losses and wastages when they harvest.
Harvesting can begin about 90 days after growing.
The farmer will harvest the crop with a 15 to 20 baskets per acre rate of yield in the first week of March and expect to get around K 45, 000 per basket. The winter crop is grown on around 38, 000 acres in Lewe Township which has more than 61, 000 acres of paddy in the rainy season.


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