Monsoon paddy achieves high yield in Ayeyawady region this year

In Ayeyawady Region, 5.2 mil­lion acres are devoted to paddy cultivation out of a total of 17 million acres across Myanmar. The Agriculture Department re­ports that of the 15 million acres dedicated to monsoon paddy in Myanmar, 3,756,805 acres are in this region.


Each acre of monsoon pad­dy typically yields 82.24 baskets. However, in this area, the aver­age yield per acre has increased to around 70 baskets.


Monsoon paddy is grown in eight districts in the Ayeyawady Region, with the Pyapon dis­trict being the largest, covering 878,325 acres. Myaungmya dis­trict, with three townships, has 521,964 acres of monsoon pad­dy, while Labutta district, with only two townships, cultivates 589,980 acres.


Previously, there was only one Myaungmya district, encompassing Labutta and Myaungmya districts. Under the former arrangement, Myaung­mya district had the highest paddy output among the five districts in the Ayeyawady Re­gion.


Under the new structure, the highest yield of monsoon paddy comes from the five town­ships in the Myaungmya and Labutta districts. Additionally, about 1.5 million acres are used for summer paddy cultivation, along with various beans and chilli crops.


In 2024, 13,107 acres in Kyai­klat Township, 111,969 acres in Bogale Township, and 86,754 acres in Pyapon Township of the Pyapon District were dedi­cated to summer paddy. Due to the prevalence of saltwater in most townships of the Pyapon and Labutta districts, there is less cultivation of summer pad­dy compared to monsoon paddy.


Given the abundant rice production, Pawsan rice from Myaungmya, Pyapon, Bogale, and Mawgyun is in high de­mand in the Yangon rice market. Broken rice, mainly from the Myaungmya region, is trans­ported by water to the Pakokku area almost daily.


The prices of rice, mung beans, and green grams are ex­pected to increase between 2023 and 2024, benefiting rice and bean producers in Ayeyawady Region. — TWA/MKKS