The local residents in Budalin Township are growing banana with the use of water irrigated from river pumping project in Budalin Township, Monywa District, and this project has created jobs for the villagers to enable the latter to earn daily income, according to the waged labourers.
Previously, the farmers were growing the crops depending upon the rainwater. After the government has implemented the river pumping project, the local farmers can enjoy a sufficient supply of irrigation water to grow the banana plants. So, the banana cultivation has created job opportunities for the local villagers who are now earning the daily income.
“We have cut the banana trees and sent them to the market by six-wheel vehicles. If ten persons cut the banana trees from 6 am to 3 pm, they will get a six-wheel vehicle load of bananas which can accommodate 3,000 banana bunches. The loading charge is K150,000. Each person earns K15,000. In the banana-growing season, the labourers are working till midnight to get their extra income,” said U Myo Naung, a banana loading worker from Chatkalay Village in Budalin Township.
The banana is grown mostly in Oak Ai, Chatkalay, Khochaung, Aung San Myint and Nyaung Kan villages from Budalin Township. The bananas from those villages are sent directly to Yangon. There are a total of 2,629 acres of banana plantations in Budalin Township, according to the Agriculture Department. —Win Oo (Zayyartine) (Translated by Hay Mar)