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June 24, 2018

Rice supply Enough

 The Ministry of Commerce says more than 500,000 tonnes of rice remain in the country.
The Ministry of Commerce says more than 500,000 tonnes of rice remain in the country.

Although rice production has slowed due to recent floods, Myanmar’s current stockpiles of rice are expected to last until December, according to the Ministry of Commerce.
More than 500,000 tonnes of rice remain in the country, the ministry’s director-general U Aung Soe said on Tuesday.
The recent floods covered more than 1.4 million acres of rice and destroyed more than 800,000 acres, he added.
Ayeyawady Region, which is the country’s primary source of rice, was not affected by the flooding as severely as other regions because the floods there receded relatively quickly.
“More than 300,000 acres of rice fields were submerged by the floods, but more than 200,000 acres emerged undamaged,” said U Win Myint Naing, the president of the Ayeyawady Region Chambers of Commerce and Industry.
“Furthermore, of the 100,000 acres of rice fields that were totally destroyed, more than 70,000 acres have been replanted,” he added. About 50 percent of the farmers in Myauk U and Minbya in Rakhine State, which was severely affected by flooding, have been able replant rice, according a survey conducted by the Swanyee Foundation.
The survey also warned of a decrease in rice production in flood-affected areas due to local farmers spreading poor-quality seeds, largely taken from their own food supplies, directly on flooded land, rather than onto re-plough land.
The harvest season for rice planted in rain-fed fields will begin in October.


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