Building boom fuels demand for bricks in Myanaung Tsp

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Brick production is booming in open season amid a surge in construction projects in major urban areas. Due to the rapidly increasing number of construction sites, brick producers cannot keep up with demand this year, a brick factory owner said.
Some buyers are paying deposits to make sure they can obtain enough bricks, which sell for K70 each, while others have signed agreements to purchase the entire output of factories for the production season.
The high demand for bricks has caused impact to deforestation, as factory owners seek wood to fire their kilns. One brick factory owner explained that most plants use firewood for fuel, while those in rural areas use paddy husks to lower production costs.
In Myanaung Township, Ayeyawady Region, local factories produce both sandy and clay bricks, with masons and civil engineers generally preferring the latter type, as sandy bricks are more easily damaged.
All brick factories in Myanaung Township have reportedly sold their products under agreements signed with buyers, with the high demand likely to fuel price rises likely in the next production season.
Nay Win Zaw (Myanaung)

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