Friday, August 31, 2012

Township authorities to give funds to flooded farmers

Friday, 31 August 2012 13:26 Min Min

Kangyidaung (Mizzima) – Thirty Kangyidaung Township authorities will give money and seeds to farmers whose 15,000 acres of spoiled paddy in Irrawaddy Region were flooded in August, an official at the Settlement and Land Records Department told Mizzima.

“Now, [they are] developing plans. [They are] still collecting the data,” said Htay Yi. “It’s sure that [they will] support.”

According to estimates, 15,026 out of 133,147 acres of paddy fields in Kangyidaung Township were spoiled by flooding.

Myanmar Rice Federation announced on Aug. 22 that more than 52,000 acres in Irrawaddy Region and more than 10,000 acres in Pegu Region were spoiled by floods between the first and third week of August.

In the third week of August, the government gave 400 million kyat (US$ 458,455) to flood victims in Irrawaddy Region, 350 million kyat to victims in Pegu Region and 89 million kyat to victims in Rangoon Region.

Around 1,734 acres in the Seiktha village-tract and Nyaungchaung village-tract were spoiled.

Myint Aung,  an official in the Seiktha Village-tract, said, “There are seven villages in the Seiktha Village-tract. There, 69 farmers had a total of 597 acres of paddy fields. All of it was spoiled.”

Hla Htay of the Nyaungchaung Village-tract, who is a member of the Union Solidarity and Development Party, said, “The Nyaungchaung Village-tract comprises five villages. There are 1,137 acres of paddy fields. All of the paddy fields were spoiled.”

More than 1,800 out of total 2,100 acres of paddy fields in Pyinmangu Village-tract in Kangyidaung Township also were spoiled.

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