Photos: Myanmar farmers struggle to mechanise

  • By Myanmar Now
  • 29/11/2016

A farmer in Ywar Thit Kone Village, in Pathein Township, reap the paddy harvest.

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By Phyo Thiha Cho/ Myanmar Now

In Ayeyarwady Region, Myanmar's 'rice bowl' and home to 10 million people, farming is the main livelihood. The sector is labour intensive, yields are low, and only the larger farmers can afford to use mechanical harvesters.

In Pathein, Panataw and Nyaungdone townships in the delta region, farmers were hard at work in November, reaping the rainy season paddy harvest and processing it by hand or machine. Afterward, the raw paddy is sent to the mills where it is unhusked and becomes rice that is ready for consumption.


Farmers in Pantanaw Townshipm, Ayeyarwady Region, reap paddy by hand.   

 
Farmers in Nyaundone Township, Ayeyarwady Region, dry their paddy grains on plastic sheets.  


Labourers work at a rice mill in Pathein Township, Ayeyarwady Region.  


Labourers work at a rice mill in Pathein Township, Ayeyarwady Region.

 
Labourers work at a rice mill in Pathein Township, Ayeyarwady Region.

  

Farmers in Ywar Thit Kone Village, in Pathein Township, reap the paddy harvest.

 

Farmers in Ywar Thit Kone Village, in Pathein Township, reap the paddy harvest.

 

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