Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Rice federation to assist flood-hit farmers

Myanmar Rice Federation (MRF), formerly the Myanmar Rice Industry Association, has established a team to help farmers affected by the floods that have inundated many regions in August, an official said last week.

The Emergency Early Respond Team (EERT) will assist farmers and other people affected by the flooding by providing seed and other inputs, the MRF official said.

“About 600,000 acres of paddy have been affected nationwide,” said Dr Soe Tun, an EERT member.

EERT has already provided 30,000 baskets of paddy seed in Ayeyarwady Region, K20 million in cash and 1700 bags of rice, the official said.

“The minister for ministry of agriculture and irrigation offered to provide support to flooded area through a disaster dun,” said Dr Soe Tun.

Myanmar Agricultural Service will donate a further 16,000 baskets of seed for relief, Dr Soe Tun said.

More than 33 million acres of paddy were planted in Ayeyarwady Region this monsoon but at least 260,000 acres have been affected by the flooding and some 50,000 acres must be replanted, according to EERT data.

Bago Region has been hit harder, with nearly 10 percent of its paddy flooded – some 100,000 acres of the 980,000 planted.

“For the whole nation flooded paddy fields, nearly 200,000 acres have been damaged by the floods. It takes two baskets of seed to sow 1 acre of paddy, which means we need at least 400,000 baskets of seed.

“But we have only collected about 30,000 baskets of seed so far,” said Dr Soe Tun.