As per local sources, it has been reported that since two-decades long neglect of dams and canals had weakened the nation’s production, as it has been stated by the Deputy Minister. It was narrated that the repair work would start with Thaphan Seik dam which is one of the longest dams in Southeast Asia in Sagaing Region. Further; it was also informed that during the next 100 days, we will deepen dams that have silted up and leaks in canals will be repaired accordingly. However, it was described the task as “immense” as it covers the entire country. However, we will do everything that can be done with the budget as we have Further, it was revealed, that Thaphan Seik had been selected as the first Dam as it delivered water to most areas in Sagaing, which is considered to be a Myanmar’s second-biggest rice bowl.
Furthermore, in this aspect, it was also assured that we will deepen the dam, so it can store more water and repair cracks in the canals. It was told that one canal can deliver water to 500,000 acres, but because of cracks that capacity has fallen to about 200,000 acres only. In addition, the repairs will enable the dam and the canals to greatly increase the volume of water supplied to farmlands too. It was also reported that many of the country’s 500 dams are not supplying sufficient water to farms and defective canals are losing water. Thus, due to reduction of capacity in silted-up dams can led to flooding in the rainy season and premature drought in summer.
Meanwhile, Mr U Tun Win explained that the river water pumping plan developed by General Myint Aung in Ayeyarwady Region which has allowed the export of 1.5 million tonnes of rice after domestic consumption needs had been satisfied. But the amount of rice exported last year was 1.8 million tonnes, despite building and developing 500 dams over the past 24 years, and this has increased our rice export volume by only 0.3 million tonnes. However, it is just not good enough and we wish to have to get the work done on those dams to boost rice production as it was emphasized.