Magwe farm­ers strug­gle af­ter drought, floods

The Myanmar Times - - News -

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.

– Nay Aung, trans­la­tion by Emoon of the pop­u­la­tion has type 1 or type 2 di­a­betes.

Ac­cord­ing to the WHO, main­tain­ing nor­mal body weight, en­gag­ing in reg­u­lar phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity and eat­ing a healthy diet can re­duce the risk of di­a­betes. – Nay Aung, trans­la­tion by Khine Thazin Han

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