July 04, 2017

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Maymyo flower growers flourish

Maymyo flowers seen blossoming in a plantation in Tatkon. Photo: Tin Soe Lwin
Maymyo flowers seen blossoming in a plantation in Tatkon. Photo: Tin Soe Lwin

FARMERS in Tatkon Township, Nay Pyi Taw, are profiting from the sale of Maymyo flowers, earning up to K1.5 million (US$1,230) per acre, according to a local flower grower.
Farmers in Chongyi and Kinmontan villages in Tatkon Township normally grow seasonal crops, depending on the availability of underground water pumped by the tube-well. This season, they turned to Maymyo flowers in order to gain extra money.
Each farm employs three to five labourers to carry out irrigation and weed-clearing. A woman labourer is paid K2,000 per day, while a man makes K3,000. A bundle of seven flowers sells for between K200 and K220. The hawkers who buy the flowers at retail price gain a profit of up to K4,500 after selling their hauls, said a farmer from Chongyi Village.

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