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Over 600 acres of coffee cultivated in Sagaing Region

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This year, the Sagaing region grew 35 acres of coffee plants in Mawlaik district, 18 acres in Tamu district, 16 acres in Kalay district, 103 acres in Hkamti district, 132 acres in Naga area, 260 acres in Katha district and 44acres in Kawlin district.

A total of 608 acres of coffee plants have been cultivated in the Sagaing region this year, said Head of Sagaing Region Department of Agriculture U Win Hlaing Oo.
The department has cultivated the coffee plantation since June 2021. So far, a total of 605 acres of coffee plantation has been completed.
“Coffee plantation is grown mostly in Homalin, Hkamti, Naga, Kalay, Tamu, Mawlaik, Katha and Kawlin townships. We are carrying out to boost the coffee cultivation in the Naga area. We are providing the coffee seed and nursery plants. Initially, we are attempted to develop the acreage of coffee plants because we focus on the income from the coffee cultivation. At the same time, we are facing transport difficulties. But the coffee from the Naga is of such a high-quality one. But they haven’t yet received the income that they deserve because of high transportation charges. There are a few acres of a coffee plantation in the Naga area. However, Kawlin township started their experimental coffee cultivation. Also, the transport will also be improved. If India opened their border checkpoints, there will be increased the coffee cultivation acres and income,” said U Win Hlaing Oo.
This year, the Sagaing region grew 35 acres of coffee plants in Mawlaik district, 18 acres in Tamu district, 16 acres in Kalay district, 103 acres in Hkamti district, 132 acres in Naga area, 260 acres in Katha district and 44acres in Kawlin district.
There are ten thousand coffee plantations in the Sagaing region. To be able to increase coffee acreage, the Agriculture Department is raising awareness of land treatment, natural fertilizer, growing methods, and coffee production.
Besides, it is also reported that farmers are being provided with coffee cultivation techniques and post-harvest technology.
Myanmar currently exports its coffee to the US. The country is also trying to expand its market to Japan, Korea, Canada and Europe.
There are approximately 50,000 acres of coffee plantations across Myanmar. Of this figure, 40,000 acres grow coffee of Arabica variant. — Lulay/GNLM

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