Myanmar takes measures to deal with drought in central part
http://www.pna.gov.ph/index.php?idn=&nid=11&rid=266145YANGON, March 24 (PNA/Xinhua) -- The Myanmar authorities have taken measures to deal with drought occurring in some regions of the country's central part in order to bring about good harvest this year.
According to the Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation on Wednesday, some areas in Myanmar's central part are arid ones with much less rainfall in the rainy season (May to October) last year as compared with the previous ones, causing impact to a certain extent on agricultural cultivation.
To fight drought for achieving harvest, the sources said, the agricultural ministry has taken some measures which are mainly revealed as increasing the degree of digging wells, using underground water to irrigate farmland and changing cultivation of crop item which can withstand drought as an alternative means, for instance, change from growing paddy to beans and pulses and sesame as a substitute.
Myanmar is a big developing agricultural country in the region with very rich land resources.
Over the past two decades, the Myanmar government attached importance to the development of agriculture, always placing agriculture as priority production sector in its economic development.
In recent years, Myanmar's agriculture grew about 9 percent in average, contributing 36 percent to the country's gross domestic product and accounting for 13 percent of the total export with its farm produces, according to official figures.
Myanmar stands as the world's second largest beans exporting country, exporting about 1.5 million tons of the crop annually.
In recent years, Myanmar's rice export also increased year by year standing around one million tons. (PNA/Xinhua)