Heavy rainfall causes only little damage to paddy cultivation in Shwebo

EL Niño might cause less rain­fall and could disrupt the rice supply across Asia, which ac­counts for 90 per cent of glob­al production of rice, experts warned. However, Myanmar has had heavy rainfall in recent days and only little damage oc­curs.


Flooding triggered by Cy­clone Mocha in May 2023 neg­atively affected the crops stored along the river in the Sinphyuk­yun area, Magway Region, leav­ing some residents dead as well.


Heavy rainfalls usually lead to flooding, landslides, and dam­age to road systems and crops.


However, it has been many years since flooding does not hap­pen in delta regions. Flooding hindered road transportation before 2010 on Yangon-Pathein Road, Ko Phoe Cho, a former owner of Pathein’s highway ex­press, told the Global New Light of Myanmar.


Some delta regions expe­rience two high tides and low tides a day. But the residents can use other roads instead.


There is normal rainfall in Myanmar’s rice-producing ar­eas Ayeyawady, Bago, Yangon and Sagaing regions. The pad­dy growing season is going to end and rice plants can survive floods for a few days.


Despite the El Nino climate pattern this year, Myanmar ex­perienced heavy rainfalls as a consequence of Cyclone Mocha. Rainfalls fed well some upper Myanmar regions in need, making growing activities go well. However, there are some warnings for crops grown under an intercropping system which require a high irrigation water supply in the late monsoon sea­son.


In early 2023, rainfalls de­stroyed some garlic at harvest time, pushing the price to the highest of K9,000-10,000 per viss in history.


Consumers have concerns over the possible inflation if the weather has an impact on the crops. – TWA/EM