Kayin flood destroys monsoon paddy and maize plantations

Water flood a plantations near Sittaung River (Photo-Zaw Win Chit)
Due to the flooding in Kayin State continuing for a long time, 30,180 acres of monsoon paddy and 1,663 acres of maize are now under water in Myawady Township.
 
Hpa-an Township mostly lost the monsoon paddy plantations.
 
“In Kayin State, over 25,000 acres of monsoon paddy were destroyed in Hpa-an Township due to the floods. The amount is the highest amongst the total record of damages. In the whole of Kayin State, only Myawady Township grows maize plantations. But, flood destroyed over 1,600 acres of maize. The State Chief Minister together with the Agriculture Department (Headquarter) and well-wishers provided cash assistance for re-growing of the monsoon paddy and maize. We had in store over 10,000 baskets of paddy strains,” said Win Hlaing Oo, Head Officer from Kayin State.
 
The Myawady district Administrator and the State level Minister asked entrepreneurs to provide the cash assistance. So, there has been Ks 21 million donated by the   entrepreneurs.
 
Later, well-wishers presented Ks 21 million to the maize growers on August 23rd for growing 200 acres of maize again.  
 
Flood continues in six Townships in Kayin State while replanting at the damaged monsoon paddy fields.
 
Although there was no storage of paddy strain inputs, farmers received paddy strains for 600 acres in Pharpon District.
 
Likewise, the Post Flood Rescue Team led by Saw Han Aye donated machines being used in drying paddy strains and crops spraying with the insecticide.
 
There have been severe floods in 42,480 acres of monsoon paddy plantations in Hpa-an Township, 239 acres in Kyainseikgyi Township and 5,875 acres in Kawkarein Township in Kayin State.
 
When floodwaters subsided in those six townships of Kayin State, concerned township Agriculture Departments and Land Management Committees will make field trips to collect data on losses and damages done to the plantations.