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Updated on June 22, 2018 From Daily Eleven

Non-stop heavy rain destroys thousands acres plantations in Magway

MAGWAY- Non-stop heavy rain poured from June 9th to 14th inundated the creeks in Magway Region and over 90,000 acres of crop plantations are flooded, says Minister of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation Minister of Magway Region Government Committee.
        “Normally, we harvest sesame and sunflowers being grown on alluvial land by the end of June. Now, river water level was already high by then. So, plantations were submerged and destroyed,” said a farmer from Wahdawkyaun Village, in Magway Township.
        “Magway Region’s Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation plans to provide the seeds for the farmers aiming to substitute their damaged crops. We have the seeds of green gram, cotton and maize. But, we are now planning how to provide it for the farmers,” said Win Maw Tun, Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation Minister of Magway Region Government Committee.
        “According to the phone calls from the villagers, groundnut and sesame plantations were damaged due to the heavy rain. So, I replied that a list would be submitted to the respective departments. I’m discussing with the regional government and respective departments how we can provide help for the farmers depending on their osses,” said MP Kyaw Htay from Magway Region.
        In the beginning of rainy season in Magway Region, floods have killed five people, destroyed roads and bridges as well as inundated over 90,783 acres of crop plantations in 10 Townships.
        Likewise, soil dumps along the road collapsed in fields, destroying about 500 acres of new paddy plantations in Lobarkho village-tract in Demawso Township, Kayah State. Locals had expressed worried about running out of food.
        “Farmlands were inundated due to heavy rain which also broke down the levees. Some paddy field owners asked for cash assistance in compensation. It is true that their fields were completely damaged. But, we can’t afford to pay all because we have no budget. So, we held a meeting with the aim to support them. We must strive for them to be able to make a living,” said the Chairman of Ohnelaung Creek Conservation Committee.
        Majority of Kayan nationals residing in the Lobarkho village-tract, primary trade being farming, said their village was now covered in mud.
        The Kayah State Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation Minister pledged that he would compensate farmers if soil dumps collapsed. When it happened on une 14th, authorities carried out field inspection but did not find any solution to get rid of all the soil.
        New paddy plantations were also buried beneath the landslide which caused by heavy rain in Demawso Township, Kayah State.

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