Sugarcane crop thrives in Meiktila Township

Farmers in Meiktila Township in Mandalay Region have started to grow three acres of sugarcane plantations in Tehla Village on a trial basis. Photo: Chan Tha (Meiktila)
Farmers in Meiktila Township in Mandalay Region have started to grow three acres of sugarcane plantations in Tehla Village on a trial basis. Photo: Chan Tha (Meiktila)

With financial support from Action Aid Myanmar (Meiktila), farmers in Meiktila Township in Mandalay Region have started to grow three acres of sugarcane plantations in Tehla Village on a trial basis.
The Township Agriculture Department provided technical assistance to sugarcane growers who requested the authorities to help them cultivate sugarcane in the village for the first time. Action Aid Myanmar (Meiktila) offered soft loans to the farmers to implement the project. The sugarcane species planted in Meiktila was bought from Setsetyo farm in Nay Pyi Taw, said U Myo Nyein Zaw, deputy head of the department.
U Tin Win, a grower from Tehla Village, said that the pilot project was started in January this year by three growers. Now, the project is producing a fruitful result and sugarcane is thriving here. Some growers said they are interested in developing this kind of perennial crop next season as well. An acre of sugarcane plantation has the capacity to produce between 30 and 40 tons. In the local market, a ton of sugarcane crop is sold for Ks40,000-Ks50,000 based on its quality and freshness.—Chan Tha (Meiktila)

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