Mandalay targets to grow over 580,000 acres of monsoon paddy this year

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Monsoon paddy field in Mandalay is seen on 27 August 2020.  Photo: Than Zaw Min (IPRD)

Mandalay Region has targeted to grow over 580,249 acres of monsoon paddy this year. Currently, a total of 413,287 acres of monsoon paddy have been already cultivated this year, according to the figure released by the Mandalay Region Agriculture Department.
Myanmar is an agricultural country, and the agriculture sector is playing an essential role in the economy sector.
There are over 700,000 acres of paddy field including over 580,000 acres of monsoon paddy and over 120,000 acres of summer paddy in Mandalay region. At present, over 410,000 acres of paddy have been grown. Therefore, the departmental authorities are making an effort to meet the paddy growing target,” said an official from the Mandalay Region Agriculture Department.
Mandalay region grows Ayeyarmin, Pawsanyin, Manawthuka, Hsinthuka and 100 days’ paddy species mostly. The region also produces Shwetheyin, Superhnankauk and Shweyinaye species. “Our region grows mostly the monsoon paddy special as Ayeyarmin (aka) Ashittaw majantaw. This special is already popular in the region. We also grow other species of monsoon paddy. Our region grows the paddy with the use of irrigated water system. So, we have grown nearly all the monsoon paddy,” said a local grower from Ywarshe village, Patheingyi Township.
Under COVID-19 Economic Relief Plan (CERP), the regional authorities are providing financial assistance to the local farmers who come and take out the monsoon paddy seeds. —Than Zaw Min (IPRD) (Translated by Hay Mar)

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