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December 08, 2019

Over 436,000 acres of paddy to be grown across Kayin State this monsoon season

Kayin State Chief Minister Daw Nang Khin Htwe Myint and cabinet ministers take part in planting rice in a paddy field in Hpa-an to launch the rice planting season for 2019. Photo: Saw Myo Min Thein
Kayin State Chief Minister Daw Nang Khin Htwe Myint and cabinet ministers take part in planting rice in a paddy field in Hpa-an to launch the rice planting season for 2019. Photo: Saw Myo Min Thein

Over 436,000 acres of monsoon paddy are to be cultivated in seven townships in Kayin State this season starting in June, according to the State Ddepartment of Agriculture.
The department plans to grow over 249,000 acres of paddy in Hpa-an District, some 157,770 acres in Kawkayeik District, nearly 11,800 acres in Myawady District and 17,412 acres in Phapon District this monsoon season. In Kayin State, farmers usually prepare soil to plant monsoon paddy starting in June. Depending on climate conditions, cultivation of the monsoon paddy is occasionally continued until the end of October.
The Agriculture Department has already shared cultivation techniques with local farmers during talks prior to the wet season, and plans to conduct field demonstrations to educate farmers about the systematic cultivation of seasonal paddy.
Some farmers in Kayin State are now suffering financial losses due to flooding in late July 2018 that damaged over 50,000 acres of paddy fields.
Rice is a major staple food and the main export of Myanmar. The government is making continuous efforts to boost the country’s rice production, in anticipation of healthy exports.—Saw Myo Min Thein (IPRD) (Translated by Khaing Thanda Lwin)

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