Farmers start growing onions in Kyaukse

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Myanmar consumes five million visses of onion per month. The onion demand will be around 60 million visses per year. The onions were directly purchased from Bangladesh and India. Photo: Thet Maung(Kyeukse)

The onions are started growing in the Kyaukse township of the Mandalay region. The onion plantations in Kyarkar village has succeeded and the local farmers from Kyaukse township have been growing onions since early October.
“One acre of onion plantation uses two pyis of onion seeds and it will cost around K1,300,000-K1,500,000 per acre, including cultivation cost, fertilizers and cropland rental fees,” said U Zin Thu, an onion grower.
There are 12 stations in Kyaukse township. The onions are cultivated about 433 acres in station 1, 1,082 acres in station 2, 245 acres in station 6, 139 acres in station 10, 72 acres in station 11 and 151 acres in station 12, according to the Township Department of Agriculture Land Management and Statistics.
Myanmar consumes five million visses of onion per month. The onion demand will be around 60 million visses per year. The onions were directly purchased from Bangladesh and India. Sometimes farmers have to send the onion to the Yangon market.
The onions are mainly grown in  Pakokku, Salin, Hsinbhyukyun, Yenangyoung, Kyaukpadaung, Taungdwingyi, Myingyan, Taungtha, Myittha, Kyaukse, Monywa and Yinmabin. The onions are less grown in the lower Myanmar region. — Thet Maung (Kyaukse)/GNLM

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