According to the sources about 560,000 hectares of rice fields has been damaged due to recent floods in Myanmar. As flood waters have receded in most of the fields, rice farmers have been advised to replant the rice seeds before the end of the harvest season in September.
In fact, farmers are facing several problems to complete replanting over the next few weeks, as stated by the Spokesman for the UN Office. Most of the farmers have informed that they have not received seeds for replanting though the government has started distributing seeds.
It was told that if farmers are unable to get seeds within the next two weeks and complete replanting within time frame, Myanmar may have to face food insecurity. Further, the government is funding for the rehabilitation of the affected areas.
It has been decided that Myanmar is a net exporter of rice but may halt to exports rice until November this year reportedly to consider imports if needed. According to USDA estimates Myanmar to produce 20 million tons of paddy rice (around 12.8 million tons, milled basis) and export around 2.2 million tons of rice in MY 2015-16 (January – December 2015). ~ RICE NEWS