AS PART of its preparations for next summer, the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation plans to reconstruct over 500 dams this financial year, its spokesperson said.
U Wai Lin, head of the township irrigation department, said the dams cannot store enough fresh water for the summer and are all in danger of collapse.
“That is why the ministry has decided to stop the construction of new dams and to repair the old dams,” he said.
If the growers who plant sesame, rice and beans in the Ayeyawady Delta receive enough water from rivers and creeks through the dams, their cultivation of agriculture products will increase threefold in the future, U Wai Lin said.
A plan is also underway to collect underground water in dry zones, including Kyaukse, in Mandalay and in Sagaing.
The ministry will promote collaboration with the private sector to modify seeds of some crops to boost their production rates.