Magwe farmers struggle after drought, floods
Magwe’s agriculture sector has taken a hit, the region parliament has heard.
Damages sustained in this year’s annual flooding have made achieving the fiscal year production targets unlikely, with output dipping even below the harvests the previous year, which saw some of the worst nationwide flooding on record.
According to a report presented to the hluttaw on September 27, the region agriculture sector has achieved less than 33 percent of the annual goal.
“For the 2016-2017 fiscal year, the projected value for the agriculture sector is K2.05 trillion, but the actual value through the reporting period is K0.67 trillion. Only 32.6pc of the target has been achieved,” the report said, noting a 0.8pc drop-off from the same period last year.
The report was read by Colonel Naing Oo, Magwe Region minister for security and border affairs.
The decline in agriculture production this year was attributed to crop destruction after the Ayeyarwady River overflowed in July and August, damaging 402 acres of summer paddy, 6902 acres of summer season sesame, and 10,269 acres of monsoon season sesame in Magwe Region, according to the report.
Rainfall in Magwe broke records in August and damaged roads and bridges in Salin and Sidoktaya townships. The downpour followed an intense drought that left dozens of villages reliant on donations of bottled water.
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