August 19, 2016

Replanting after the floods

Myanmar was recently hit by torrential rains that caused more than K150 billion of damage to farmland across 1.4 million acres. Now that the rescue and relief phase of operations has finished, both the government and non-government organisations are engaged in reconstruction projects to ensure ongoing livelihoods for the country’s farmers, who were the worst hit by the disaster.
The importance of delivering enough farming equipment, fertilizer and crop seeds to farmers cannot be underestimated. Nor can the distribution of appropriate seeds. Myanmar spans a diverse geographical region, so there is no ‘one size fits all’ rule that applies to replanting. Should there be a shortfall of a particular crop species, it is imperative not delay asking for international assistance. Failure to do so could result in food shortages. Organisations such as the International Rice Research Institute have been helping to support Myanmar’s rice industry for decades and their specialist knowledge has never been more vital to the future of the sector. Only then, will the farmers be able to reap the benefits of what they sow in the harvesting seasons. Special crop species are essential for reconstruction of the economy of flood-hit areas as only right seeds of crops can grow into healthy plants.


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