Farmers receive Palethwe hybrid paddy seeds as poppy substitute

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A ceremony to distribute Palethwe hybrid paddy seeds was held in Manthaung Village in Muse Township, northern Shan State, on 10 June.
The District Agriculture Department is distributing the seeds to farmers in the hope that they will plant them as an alternative to opium poppies.
Department head Daw Nang Lwin Lwin Sein spoke about good agricultural practices and use of pesticide. Departmental officials presented paddy seeds for 50 acres of farmlands to local growers.
Also present were district’s deputy commissioner U Kyaw Kyaw Tun, commander of Muse District Police Force Police Lt-Col Min Min Oo, township administrator U Ko Ko Zaw, local authorities and residents.—Mong Soe (IPRD)

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