Zaw Win Chit
TAUNGOO- Untimely rain fell in some townships in eastern Bago region in the evening of January 1 and it destroyed winter crop plantations, according to the bean growers.
“The rain lasted about two hours, and all plants have fallen down. If the rain continues, the beans will g moldy. Moreover, the seeds will be broken. If we will sell the broken seeds and moldy beans at the market, we can’t get a good price,” said Min Naing, one of the bean growers.
Untimely rain also powered down in Shwe Kyin and Kyauktagar Townships in Bago Region on the evening of December 31 and it continued to fell down in Taunggoo District until morning of January 1. The rainfall was over 0.51-inches, according to the Meteorology and Hydrology Department (DMH) in Taungoo Township.
“The rain was pouring down in central Myanmar before falling down in Bago. Bagan, Nyaung Oo and Pakokku Townships suffered untimely rain from winter to summer. This year, it may be raining in January, February, March and April due to cyclones coming from the Pacific region.
“The raining frequency will increase this year compared to previous years. In this winter, the weather is cool or warm,” said Myo Myint Aung, an officer from DMH in Taungoo.
In Bago Region, many paddy plantations and winter crops were destroyed due to untimely rain. As a result, many famers face difficulties in paying their agricultural loans.