Farmers carrying out mixed farming of Mash melon and chilli

A farmer picks green chilli at a farm in ChaungU Township. Photo : Win Oo (Zayyartine)
A farmer picks green chilli at a farm in ChaungU Township. Photo : Win Oo (Zayyartine)

Local farmers in ChaungU Township are growing mash melon, which is a marketable product in foreign countries, along with chilli. The mixed farming has been a success and is giving a high yield, said U Soe Lwin, chairman of the Sagaing Region Fruit, Flower and Vegetable Producers and Exporters Association.
Local farmers said they are interested in mixed farming because they can make more profits by growing Mash melons with chilli. Additionally, this method of mixed farming allows for more effective use of land.
“Mixed farming of mash melon and chilli requires no additional input. They have practiced mixed farming earlier as well. It can pick up till July. After growing mash melon, the chillis are left in the field. Long beans can also be grown after mash melon. Three crops can be planted in a year. Earlier, we were growing chillis or long beans or chick-peas after growing Mash melons. We are sure that one crop will fetch good price definitely. So, we are interested in mixed farming,” said Ko Nam Htet, a chilli and Mash melon grower from Min Khaung Village, ChaungU Township.
During the mash melon growing season this winter, local farmers practiced mixed farming of chilli on over 300 acres of mash melon farms in Min Khaung village.—Win Oo (Zayyartine)  (Translated by Hay Mar)

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