The authorities plan to supply water from the Thaphanseik Dam to irrigate over 3500,000 acres of summer paddy and over 80,000 acres of other crops in the 2018-2019 fiscal year. They will begin releasing water from the dam from 7 February, according to the Shwebo District Assistant Director’s Office of the Irrigation and Water Utilization Management Department.
The dam will supply water to plant 273,470 acres of summer paddy and 84,230 acres of other crops through four main drains. In the current fiscal year, authorities plan to plant 250,470 acres of summer paddy and 78,830 acre of other crops in Shwebo District, 23,000 acres of summer paddy and 200 acres of other crops in Kanbalu District, and 5,200 acres of summer paddy in Monywa District.
“Currently, we have sufficient water in the Thaphanseik Dam to be utilized for irrigation purposes,” said U Saw Thet Khine Win, the Deputy Director of the Sagaing Region Irrigation and Water Utilization Management Department.
—Yaung Ni Tin Win
(Translated by Hay Mar)