December 21, 2016

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Sesame growers faced with difficulties at harvest time

A farmer ties sesame plants at a farm in Mandalay.
A farmer ties sesame plants at a farm in Mandalay.

CONTINUOUS torrential rainfall and flooding is harming sesame growers in Magwe Region, it has been learned from locals in Chauk and Yenanchaung townships.
Sesame growers are faced with a shortage of labour even when they offer K5,000 per day to harvest rain crops which cultivated in May.
Since growers simultaneously harvest sesames in the township they have reportedly been faced with a scarcity of labour. Sesame farms have also been damaged by torrential rains, causing losses.
“Only half of my sesame plantation has been harvested.” said a grower who owns 10 acres of sesame plantation in Chauk Township. Flooding from the Ayeyawady hit about 80 per cent of green gram grops in Meinma Hla Kyun village, Yenanchaung Township. There is a total of around 57,637 acres of sesame plantation in Yenanchaung Township.

 

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