Kanbalu Tsp targets over 260,000 acres of oil crops for self-sufficiency

May 24,2022


A total of 260,978 acres of oil crops are projected in Kanbalu Township, Sagaing Region in the 2022-2023 financial year, in a bid to ramp up oil crop production for self-sufficiency as the edible oil is imported from the foreign coun­tries to meet the growing demand of the individuals in the township, according to Kanbalu Township Department of Agriculture.


The project includes 154,122 acres of peanut for monsoon and winter seasons, 97,781 acres of sesame seeds for winter and summer seasons, and 3,051 sun­flower acres for monsoon and winter seasons and the rest are for sunflower sesame seeds and mustard.


“We focus on food securi­ty and agricultural production growth in the township. The inter­cropping system is also adopted in oil crop cultivation. The De­partment raises growing method awareness campaigns,” said U San Aung, head of the township department.


Last year, there were a total of 252,482 acres of oil crops in Kanbalu Township.


Additionally, to achieve a tar­get, 3,311 acres of sunflower crop cultivation project is also being implemented.


The locals are engaged in agriculture throughout the year. The main crops commonly found in the township are paddy, peanut, sesame, sunflower, green gram, pigeon pea, butter bean, black gram and baby corn. — Aung Win Nyein (Kanbalu)/GNLM