September 24, 2017

Maungtaw Farmers get quality rice seeds

Farmers harvest summer paddy in Maungtaw.  Photo: Ye Htut

Under the arrangement of Rakhine State Agriculture Department, officials distributed quality rice seeds to local farmers free of charge yesterday.
“When we distribute rice seeds, we give priority to the farmers who followed the agricultural methods given by the department”, said U Thar Kyaw, official of the Maungtaw District Agricultural Department.
“We provided agricultural training courses to farmers from villages in the district. Due to security problem, the department cannot do it at full capacity but we could do what we should.
The department has urged the farmers to use good and quality seeds and to follow the guidelines set by the department systematically.  “They should also practice double and mix cropping in possible areas. This will develop the farmers’ socio-economic situation”, he added. According to the Maungtaw district agriculture department there are about 70,000 paddy fields in Maungtaw district. A total of 2000 baskets quality seeds were provided to farmers from Maungtaw and Buthidaung Townships this year according to the Rakhine State Agriculture Department.—Min Thit/MNA

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