About 100 acres of commercial teak grown in Seikpyu

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Commercial teak is seen under cultivation in Seikpyu Township. photo: Ko Zwe (Ah Nyar Myay)
Commercial teak is seen under cultivation in Seikpyu Township. photo: Ko Zwe (Ah Nyar Myay)
Commercial teak is seen under cultivation in Seikpyu Township. photo: Ko Zwe (Ah Nyar Myay)

About 100 acres of land were put under cultivation of commercial teak in Seikpyu Township. The growing started from No 78 and No 79 plots in the extended forest reserve in 2019-2020 financial year in Seikpyu Township, Magway region in conjunction with farming system.
The Forest Department grew 1,500 acres of commercial teak in conjunction with farming system starting from 2008 in the state-owned forest in Seikpyu. In 2019-2020FY, about 100 acres were planned to grow.
With the decline in the quality of the natural forest in this modern time, the local farmers are being faced with the rising of the farming costs in addition to the lower yield of the crops because of the climate change, the erratic rainfall and the decline in the soil quality. The supply of teak and forest products tends to decline.
The local farmers can earn some from the natural forest clearance, growing and maintenance as well as from growing of paddy and other crops for three years without having to pay the land rent for cultivation on commercial teak farmland. Moreover, they can earn some income from selling paddy and crops. On the other hand, the government is promoting the forest quality, and teak and forest products from the state-owned forests can develop in quality, said U Htet Lin, Forest Department head from Seikpyu township. —Ko Zwe (Ah Nyar Myay) (Translated by Hay Mar)

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