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NEWS - Myanmar Launches More Irriga
NOTE: How much of this was though forced slave labor ???
Myanmar Launches More Irrigation Projects
YANGON (May 21) XINHUA - Myanmar
has launched more dams and water
projects in a bid to boost agriculture,
especially in the central part where
agriculture mainly depends on irrigation
Official newspaper The New Light of
Myanmar Thursday reported that irrigated
areas in the entire country in fiscal
1996-97 made up of 16.4 percent of the
total sown land, up 12.5 percent from the
previous fiscal year, thanks to successful
implementation of 86 irrigation projects.
Of the 18 million hectares of cultivated
land in the country, only 9 million hectares
were planted with various crops annually,
the paper said.
The report said that in 1996-97 alone,
more than 60,750 hectares of virgin and
fallow land were reclaimed.
The Myanmar government designated
agriculture as the nation's main economic
sector in an endeavor to develop the
Thirty-five percent of the country's export
earnings are from the agricultural sector
which contributes 36 percent to the
national Gross Domestic Product (GDP).
The country's GDP grew by 5.8 percent in
1996-97, during which agriculture
production increased by 3.7 percent. The
targeted GDP growth for 1997-98 is 6.4
percent, with an agricultural growth of 6.3
The agriculture sector employs 64 percent
of the nation's working force.