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Myanmar yields over 19.8 mln tons o
- Subject: Myanmar yields over 19.8 mln tons o
- From: darnott@xxxxxxxxxxx
- Date: Wed, 30 Aug 2000 14:58:00
Myanmar yields over 19.8 mln tons of paddy in 1999-2000
DATELINE: YANGON, August 30
Xinhua, Rangoon, 30 August, 2000. Myanmar yielded over 19.8 million tons
in fiscal year 1999-2000, which ended in March, becoming the largest output
country's history of paddy production, official newspaper The New Light of
The output was gained out of over 6.07 million hectares cultivated, Second
of the Myanmar State Peace and Development Council Lieutenan-General Tin Oo
quoted as saying.
The country targets to produce 20.9 million tons of paddy.
Meanwhile, Myanmar exported 53,700 tons of rice in 1999-2000, according to the
country's Central Statistical Organization.
Paddy is one of Myanmar's four main agricultural crops. The other three are
and pulses, cotton and sugarcane.
Since January 1999, Myanmar has started to lease out 400,000 hectares of
and virgin lands for cultivation to private entrepreneurs and introduce
promote its agricultural development, including those exempting the import
on agricultural implements.
Myanmar's agriculture accounts for 37 percent of the gross domestic product
and 25 percent of the export value.