November 8, 2016
Mon state government is planning to provide monetary assistance for over 200 acres of farms which were destroyed by rats in Bilin township, Mon state.
“We go and see these regions. But it is very difficult to go there. There are a lot of bamboo trees in the region. The rats eat the bamboo fruit and they also eat the paddy which is being grown by the framer. The farmer cannot protect their paddy fields from the danger of rats.
So, the Mon state government is planning to give monetary assistance to those farmers, U Aung Myint Khaing, Minister for Kayin Ethnic Affairs of Mon state government, said on Monday.
The 200 destroyed acres were in Kyakatchaung, Naungkadot, Shankalay, Yaydwinphyu, Chaunghnakwa and Kwinkalay villages. About 2,500 people live in those villages, which is about 15 miles away from Bilin township.
“This region grows a lot of bamboo. So, the rats eat the bamboo fruit. Their reproductive rate is very high, too. The local people worry about growing the paddy for a losing benefit. Currently, we reported the problem to the local government to help the farmers. Also,
I want the farmers to cultivate other crops too”, said U Kyaw Myo Min, Chairman of National League for Demoncracy, Bilin township.
The Karen National Union provided monetary assistance of Ks20,000 to local people in September. Bamboo fruit usually grows once every 30 years. Thirty years ago, local people faced the same problem, according to residents.
Ref; The Global New Light of Myanmar