Farmers hope for rains in Magway Township

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Farmers in Magway Township and surrounding rural areas are hoping for more rain amid a dry spell following the last significant downpour on 21 May.
Local farmers are ploughing, weeding and buying fertilizer as they prepare to cultivate sesame and groundnut on
their plots.
“Most farmers have spent about K200,000 on labour costs for ploughing and weeding, and use of fertilizers,” a local farmer from Magyikan Village said.
“Each year heavy rain falls across the region enabling cultivation of sesame and groundnut. After that, rainfall declines gradually,” he added.
“Using rainwater last month, sesame and groundnut plants are still thriving on farms,” said a local farmer.
“Based on my experience, I think there may be rain in the region on the early waxing days of Waso,” a farmer from Hsatainggan village said, referring to the period from 17 to 19 June.
Nagu, Thandawgon, Hsadaingkan, Magyihsan, Pasosan Pahto and Thabyesan villages in Magway Township face a shortage of water for cultivation.–Zar Zar (Magway)

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