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September 16, 2019

60,000 acres of monsoon paddy to be grown in Thanlyin Township

Farmers work in monsoon paddy field in Thanlyin.  Photo: Thet Khaing (Thanlyin)
Farmers work in monsoon paddy field in Thanlyin.  Photo: Thet Khaing (Thanlyin)

The Thanlyin Township Agriculture Department has targeted to cultivate 60,000 acres of monsoon paddy crops in Thanlyin, a major port city of Myanmar, situated across Bago River from the city of Yangon, in the 2018-2019 financial year.
A spokesperson of the agriculture department said that it will achieve its goal to cultivate the targeted 59,701 acres of marketable species of quality paddy in 52 villages in 28 village-tracts in the township this monsoon.
As a marketable export item, the country is making continuous efforts to boost the productivity of rice on a national scale. Rice is considered the country’s most important crop. The country earns foreign currency from the annual overseas export of rice.
Myanmar exports rice to more than 60 countries, with the majority of the crop going to China, Bangladesh, African states, Sri Lanka, Senegal, Afghanistan and Poland. Also, Indonesia, Japan and Singapore, as well as some European countries, import rice from Myanmar. Africa is a particularly important market, accounting for 60 per cent of the rice exports.
The country sends tonnes of rice to overseas traders mainly via sea. It largely sends rice to China, as a major rice importer, through both border and non-border trade.—Thet Khaing (Thanlyin)

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