June 30, 2017

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MRF pledges support to farmers

A farmer works in a field with a power tiller. Some 500,000 acres of farmland were  affected in recent flooding.
A farmer works in a field with a power tiller. Some 500,000 acres of farmland were
affected in recent flooding.

The Myanmar Rice Federation will help flood-hit farmers rehabilitate damaged farmlands, MRF Vice President Dr Soe Tun said Saturday.
“We will do all we can for affected farmer
to restore their flooded farmlands,” said the MRF vice president. A contract-farming system will be put in place for farming communities hit by flooding across the country, he added.
“The federation will provide affected farmers with paddy strains and fertilizers through a profit-sharing scheme,” as it is important for restoring their livelihoods.
The MRF official, however, did not elaborate on how much agricultural aid will reach to affected farming communities across the country.
“We could not say an exact amount of (paddy strain and fertilizer) will be available for farmers at the moment as they are owned by individuals and companies who are members of the MRF,” he said.
The Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation announced Friday that measures are being taken to help farming recover from floods, saying paddy strains and power tillers will be delivered to farmlands as soon as water recedes.
According to the figures of the ministry, torrential rains during June and July flooded 524,895 acres of farmlands across the country’s 12 states and regions, and flood water decreased in 121,728 acres in which farmlands in Sagaing Region, one of severely inundated areas, are also included.
It is too early to say whether recent flooding could severely affect the country’s paddy output, Dr. Soe Tun said, calling for the government to ensure an adequate response.
“It is required to begin farming recovery as quickly as possible after the water recedes.”

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