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Rain spoils rice harvest: Mon farmers

Chiang Mai (Mizzima) – Unseasonal heavy rain in the past week during the harvest had spoiled a large portion of the rice crop in Mon State, farmers said.

rice-cropHeavy rainfall had been recorded by the Myanmar Meteorology and Hydrology Department from December 10 to 13 in the state. The rainfall registered in Moulmein, the state capital on December 11 was 4.09 inches (10.39 centimetres) an 18-year high.

“Intermittent rain during the harvest set the collected rice afloat. I’ve reaped the grains from 27 out of 30 acres of rice. The rain came down when the remaining three acres were being reaped, so the rice and grains were spoiled,” the owner of a field in Paung Township told Mizzima.

A resident said farmers had tried to dry the rice out in the sun.

If the rain continued in the next few days, farmers would be unable to collect enough grains containing rice from the fields, a farmer said.

As the grains were spoiled, farmers who had taken out loans might also be unable to make payments, a Union Solidarity and Development Party canvasser in Chaungzon Township told Mizzima.

“Most of the farmers here have suffered huge financial losses. The consequence will affect the consumers. The poor especially will be greatly affected,” a farmland owner in Mudon Township told Mizzima.

During December, Hpaan in Karen State nearby and Thandway in Arakan State had 18-year record rainfalls for the towns, 2.99 inches and 2.56 inches respectively.

Last Updated ( Friday, 17 December 2010 23:38 )  

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