Watermelon harvest drops

Zaw Win Chit
Watermelon plants that reportedly do not bear fruit on February 12.
Farmers of Bago Region have reported a lower watermelon yield.
In Oaktwin Township, farmers used to grow watermelons two times a year. The crop usually bears fruits within 40 days, according to the farmers.
Grower Naing Oo from Thagra village said: “The plants are bearing flowers instead of fruit. I suspect we planted the seeds infested with fungus.”
Thagra and Kuaungyan village tracts host around 500 acres of watermelons.
Zaw Ye Aung, another watermelon farmer, said: “In previous years, about 50 plants died out of 1,000. Many more plants died this year.”
He added that other farmers were experiencing the similar problem.
An acre of watermelon costs farmers at least Ks1 million (US$750) and the produce mostly goes to wholesale markets in Muse.
Translated by Nay Thiha