Agri Dept targets over 1.1M acres of monsoon paddy in Yangon Region

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A thriving paddy field is seen in Yangon Region.  Photo: Kanu

The Yangon Region Agriculture Department is estimated to plant 1,148,222 acres of monsoon paddy in Yangon Region while cultivating 153,667 acres in Thongwa Township, according to the department.
In 2023-2024, a total of 1,148,222 acres of monsoon paddy were planted in 18 townships of nine districts, with an estimation of 1,145,000 acres. And, in 2024-2025, it is estimated to grow 1,148,222 acres while there are 36,709 acres until 31 May. Taikkyi township ranks second with 127,893 acres of monsoon paddy, and Kayan township is in third place with 110,693 acres.
The government makes efforts to promote the agriculture and livestock breeding sectors in addition to the industrial sector in Yangon, a commercial city in Myanmar. Meanwhile, the paddy cultivation rate increases year by year, and there is adequate paddy for local consumption. The farmers also expand their cultivation. Various types of paddies include Pawsan, Ngasein, Ngakywe, Shwewah Tun, Sin Thukha, 90-day, Yakyaw, Hmawby 3, Hmawby 2 and Meedone.
The second crops, black gram, mung bean, peanut, sesame, and sunflower, are planted in double cropping. In monsoon paddy season, 30 companies, seven cooperatives and one rice mill tabled a motion to plant 91,056 acres in 12 townships in five districts using the State Economic Promotion Fund, and the region agriculture department will purchase 2,500 drum seeders from the Agricultural Mechanization Department spending region budget in the 2024-2025 financial year.
The department also conducted discussions, talk shows, training, and demonstrations to promote the estimation rate and production rate per acre by adopting the GAP system.—Nyein Thu (MNA)/KTZH

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