Local beans and pulses farmers in Meiktila Township have turned to long staple cotton to cope with the impacts of climate change and market.
“Due to changing weather patterns and declining market for beans and pulses, we decided to swift from beans and pulses to long staple cotton,” said U Kan Shwe, a farmer from Sayatkon Village in Meiktila Township.
“ Besides, local farmers prefer long staple cotton because the cultivation cost is lower and thus more income can be obtained from it,” he added.
The number of long staple cotton growers has increased this year compared to last year.
The growers started planting long staple cotton in the third week of July.
Jute planting are thriving this year in Zayetgon, Thabwitgon, Ywardan, Hlawphyubin, Hsinsweya, Hsu Yeitdon, Gwechoe, Aungta and Latpaeine villages
Agricultural Department Deputy Director U Aye Ko Ko met with the local farmer on 26 August and urged to cultivate long staple cotton pledging that the agricultral department will provide modern farming methods for long staple cotton. He also suggested the farmers to grow cotton after harvesting long staple cotton and has offered fighting methods for pests and insects.
Thein Myint Kyaw (IPRD)