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Shwebo grows 76,486 acres of monsoon paddy this year

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Paddy plants are thriving in the field with irrigation water of Thaphanseik Dam in Shwevo Township.

Shwebo Township in Sagaing region grew about 76,486 acres of monsoon paddy this year, said Daw Zar Zar Min, the head of Shwebo Township Agriculture Department.
This year, the farmers from Shwebo township started sowing of the monsoon paddy in July. It has been cultivated since 1 August, and about 76,486 acres of monsoon paddy have been cultivated as of today.
“We have planned to cultivate 83,009 acres of monsoon paddy in Thaphanseik dam area. There are more than 29,000 areas that depend upon the groundwater, irrigation water, water from other dams and rainwater,” she added.
“We will cultivate 118,500 acres of monsoon paddy including over 30,000 acres using of other method and over 80,000 acres using of dam water. As of today, we have already cultivated 76,486 acres (65 per cent) of monsoon paddy. The cultivation will be completed by the end of September,” said Daw Zar Zar Min.
In order to meet the monsoon paddy cultivation target and get high yield in Shwebo township, township Agriculture Department inspected the monsoon paddy fields in the villages and is negotiating with the local farmers and giving awareness regarding the monsoon paddy cultivation.
In 2021-2022 FY, the local farmers from Shwebo Township targeted to cultivate 221,863 acres of monsoon crops. Those monsoon crops are started cultivating in July 2021. As of today, over 154,962 acres of monsoon crops have been cultivated, according to the Shwebo Township Agriculture Department.
Besides, about 100 acres of experimental monsoon paddy will be developed in Myinchin village in 2021-22 FY, under the JICA (Agriculture Income Improvement Project-AIIP). It has been cultivating since the first week of August, 2021. So far, about 48 acres have been cultivated. —Lulay/GNLM

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