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Myanmar to conduct agricultural census through satellite

Myanmar will conduct agricultural census through satellite soon for the first time to gather more information for development of the sector.

The pilot project using remote sensing technology will be implemented in the country’s best paddy-producing area of Bogalay, southern Ayeyawaddy division, reported the local news journal 7 Day.

In Myanmar’s third agricultural census conducted late last year involving the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), more than 8,000 personnel from the Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation were mobilized and the data collection covered 272 townships out of 324.

Myanmar’s first agricultural census was conducted in 1953 without data being released, while the second was done in 1993 based on sampling method. The third census was planned to get people informed within six months.

With a population of about 52.4 million, Myanmar’s agriculture is the main stay of its economy. The agricultural output value accounts for 42 percent of the gross domestic product and the export represents 28.3 percent of the total, according to official statistics.

Myanmar has a cultivable land of 18.23 million hectares, of which 10.53 million have been put under crops with over 6 million or 65 percent being covered by paddy, the figures show.