Sagaing Region continues planting corn as cold season crop

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Sagaing Region Agriculture Department projected to proceed with planting the corn as a winter crop after a successful yield of the corn as a monsoon crop in the financial year 2020-2021 growing season.

Sagaing Region Agriculture Department projected to proceed with planting the corn as a cold season crop after a successful yield of the corn as a monsoon crop in the financial year 2020-2021 growing season, said U Aung Kyi Win, deputy head of Agriculture Department.
“The maize, sweet corn, baby corn and other corn varieties are cultivated. The seed corn is mostly planted in the rainy season. Sagaing Region saw successful cornfields in the monsoon growing season. As a result of this, the department will continue planting the corn,” he continued. The cultivation of sweet corn and baby corn commenced in June 2021. A total of 210,608 acres of maize, 74,728 acres of baby corn, 121,589 acres of great millet and 6,365 acres of other types of corn have been planted in the last monsoon season of the 2020-2021 growing season, according to the data of the Sagaing Region Agriculture Department.
The department is raising awareness of fall armyworm invasion in the farms. It distributed 5,000 insecticides for natural pest management, the department stated.
In the 2021-2022 monsoon growing season, the department has planned to grow 15,777 acres of maize in Sagaing District, 1,288 in Monywa District, 569 in Yinmabin District, 664 in Shwebo District, 3,848 in Kanbalu District, 1,369 in Katha District, 3,427 in Kalay District and 1,258 in Mawlaik District, totalling 28,200 acres. The region department will cover 31,648 acres of baby corn in Sagaing District, 17,794 in Monywa District, 33,302 acres in Yinmabin, 36,452 in Shwebo, 2,737 in Kanbalu, 9,886 in Katha, 15,443 in Kalay, 1,263 in Tamu, 6,675 in Mawlaik, 2,000 in Hkamti and 1,000 in Naga Self-Administered Zone, totalling 158,200 acres, as per data of the Sagaing Region Agriculture Department.
During the 2020-2021 growing season, there were 18,705 acres of sweet corn in Kalay District, 579 acres in Kani, 19,036 acres in Naga Self-Administered Zone, 1,812 acres in Monywa District, 12,802 acres in Shwebo District, 151,603 acres in Kanbalu District, 2,908 acres in Sagaing Region, 3,124 acres in Katha District and 39 acres in Kawlin District. Additionally, 480 acres of baby corn were grown in Mawlaik District, 1,382 acres in Tamu District, 11,381 acres in Kalay, 4,698 acres in Naga Self-Administered Zone, 1,111 acres in Monywa District, 29,520 acres in Yinmabin District, 14,014 acres in Shwebo District, 669 acres in Kanbalu District, 7,424 acres in Sagaing Region, 2,323 acres in Katha District and 1,726 acres in Kawlin District. For mullets, 36,123 acres in Monywa District, 55,433 in Yinmabin and 30,033 in Sagaing districts were seen, while 6,365 acres of other millets had been planted in the Naga zone, as per the data of the Sagaing Region Agriculture Department. — Lu Lay/GNLM

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