Oil crop plantations thrive in Thaphanseik irrigated zones

The Regional Irrigation and Water Utilization Management Department has reported that sesame crop productivity is high in the Thaphanseik irrigated zones this summer cultivation season, thanks to the dams, lakes, and water reservoirs developed by the State. There are 35 sites in Sagaing Region and one at the border of the Sagaing and Magway regions, benefiting a total of 539,332 acres for water storage to support seasonal cultivations.
Water distribution in the Thaphanseik irrigated zones began in February, during which the water level in the dam was 544.10 feet, with a storage volume of 2,707,822 acre-feet. Currently, it has decreased to 531.22 feet with a volume of 1,626,860 acre-feet. Summer paddy cultivation covering 141,898 acres and cultivation of other crops on 113,373 acres have taken place in Kanbalu, KhinU, Shwebo, Wetlet, Sagaing, YeU, Debayin, Ayadaw, Budalin, and Taze townships. Additionally, 84,972 acres of summer sesame cultivation have occurred in KhinU, Shwebo, Wetlet, Debayin, and Ayadaw townships, with solar energy utilized via rain guns to achieve designated sesame crop yields.
The Thaphanseik Dam, situated in Kyunhla Township, Kanbalu District of Sagaing Region, has a water storage capacity of 2,880,000 acre-feet. It annually distributes water for 483,000 acres of monsoon paddy, 235,000 acres of summer paddy, and 33,000 acres of other crops. Furthermore, the dam generates 120.659 million kilowatt-hours of electricity throughout the year. — Regional IPRD/TMT

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