Mandalay Agriculture Dept to cover 1.6 mln acres for five oil crops

Picture shows sunflower plantation in Mandalay.  PHOTO : Min Htet Aung (Mandalay sub-printing house)

Mandalay Region Agriculture Department planned 1.6 million acres for five oil crops in the current financial year 2020-2021 throughout all seasons (summer, monsoon and winter).
Oil crops are scheduled to cultivate in November. The department targets 488,183 peanut acres, 1,056,495 sesame acres, 141,449 sunflower acres, 7,698 sesame acres for winter, 1,433 mustard acres (winter), totalling 1,695,258 acres in the region, Assistant Director Daw Si Si Phone answered on the call. “The oil consumption is growing year over year. That is why the department arranged for oil crop plantation throughout the whole year to fulfil the requirement of edible oil to a certain extent,” she explained.
The region has projected to cover over 290,000 acres for oil crops in the region this winter, and the winter oil crop cultivation has completed over 73 per cent with 210,000 acres so far. The growers in the region cultivate paddy, various pulses, oil crops and industrial crops. —Min Htet Aung (Mandalay Sub-printing House) (Translated by Ei Myat Mon)

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