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Sagaing farmers won’t replant destroyed pigeon pea crops

Myitmakha News Agency

Tigyaing, September 2 – farmers from Sagaing Region’s Tigyaing Township will reportedly not be replanting swathes of pigeon pea crops destroyed by torrential rains and pests, residents have told Myitmakha News Agency.

Local farmers are instead formulating plans to grow sesame and green gram as is it reportedly too late in the season to attempt to replant pigeon pea.

“Our pigeon pea crops haven’t been successful this year on account of poor weather. The failing crops can’t completely be attributed to the rains, though; pests have gotten at them, too. I’ve been unsuccessful with about 15 acres of crops, of which 10 acres were destroyed by pests,” said U Kyaw Hla, a pigeon pea farmer from Tigyaing Township.

But for pigeon pea growers in the region, unsuccessful crops is no new phenomenon. Flooding which struck the township last year destroyed pigeon pea crops, causing difficulties for farmers in having to replant.

“Irregular weather can destroyed green gram crops, and the main reason behind [flooding caused by such weather] is deforestation of our woodlands,” said a local green gram grower.

A 1.2 bushel’s worth of green gram currently fetches K75,000 within Tigyaing Township, while the same quantity of pigeon pea reportedly goes for a market price of K104,000.

Bean growers have informed Myitmakha News Agency that is reportedly takes seven-and-a-half liters worth of green gram seeds per acre and five liters worth of pigeon pea seeds per acre.

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