Natural disasters destroy more than 600,000 acres of crops

Hsan Htoo Aung


Natural disasters destroyed more than 600,000 acres of multiple crops nationwide this year, said Vice-President Henry Van Thio, at a coordination meeting on providing aid for agricultural losses caused by natural disasters in 2018, at the meeting hall of the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation on September 11.

In his opening speech, the Vice-President said the country faces natural disasters almost every year. Natural disasters have direct impacts on the production of agricultural sector which is the basic economy of the country. This meeting aims to seek remedies for these losses and provide assistance effectively. Due to natural disasters this year, more than 600,000 acres of multiple crops and nearly 400,000 acres of monsoon paddy were lost.

“The government is working to provide farmers with necessary inputs such as fertilizers, paddy seeds and agricultural costs in order that they can re-grow paddy in the flood-hit paddy plantations. In addition, the associations are providing necessary assistance to farmers. But it cannot cover the whole country. It needs to find the long-term system or scheme to provide assistance for losses caused by natural disasters instead of providing assistance only when natural disasters occur,” he added.