Cotton plantations in ChaungU thriving this year

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Female farming workers are removing pests from cotton plants.

More than 6,000 acres of cotton crops were cultivated in ChaungU township in Monywa district, Sagaing region this year and it is reportedly thriving, said Daw Khin Myat Myat Oo, the head of ChaungU Township Agriculture Department.
This year, ChaungU Township cultivated over 6,000 acres of cotton crops, depending upon the cotton market and climatic condition.
In order to get the extra income and profit for local farmers by having high yield of cotton productions, the ChaungU Township Agriculture Department official and her staff inspected the cotton-growing villages such as Budar, Pepyittaw, Nwekhwe, Chaungma, Myothit, Khinmon and Aungchantha on 16 August. And, they found that the cotton plantations were growing well.
“Yesterday, we have inspected the cotton field and the field inspection showed that the cotton fields were thriving in those villages. There is no pest as well.
“Currently, it is reportedly successful. The cotton prices are promising this year. The cotton cultivation has also improved by over K1,000 acres this year compared to that of last year.
“The local farmers grow only the crops that make them more profitable,” she added.
Last year, the cotton crop was priced at K900 per viss. But this year, the price of cotton fetched K1,350 per viss in the market.
The ChaungU Township is growing model long-staple cotton species such as Shwetaung-8, Shwetaung-10 and Ngwechi-9. Besides, the township cultivated the Raka hybrid cotton species on a trial basis.—Lulay/GNLM

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