15,000 acres of monsoon paddy to be grown across Meiktila Township


Plans are underway to cultivate a total of 15,000 acres of monsoon paddy throughout Meiktila Township, Meiktila District, Mandalay Region,
in the financial year 2018-2019.
Farmers from nearly 380 villages in 58 village-tracts across the township will grow monsoon paddy starting next month.
The cultivation will begin only after harvesting the summer paddy.
Farmers in the township cultivated 24,200 acres of summer paddy during the fiscal year 2017-2018. Farmers are currently busy during harvest time, gathering summer paddy from their fields.
The Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation has already filled up seven dams with water to sufficiently irrigate the monsoon paddy plantations. The ministry started providing agricultural water to the target farmlands from mid-July.
Rice is a major staple food and the main export product of Myanmar. The government is making continuous efforts to boost the country’s rice production in anticipation of healthy exports.—U Tin Hlaing

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