09 Oct 19 - Source: Myanmar Times - Over 600,000 acres of paddy fields were flooded during the monsoon season this year, out of which 130,000 acres, or just 21 percent, were damaged, according to the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation (MOALI).

Of the damaged fields this year, just over 30,000 acres are suitable for replanting during the winter months, said U Myo Tint Htun, deputy secretary at the ministry's office.

As a result, rice production for this year will be reduced by around 700,000 tin, according to MOALI. In Myanmar, over 70pc of rice is produced during the monsoon season.

U Thein Aung , President of the Farmers' Life Development Association, said most of the damage was incurred in Bago and Ayeryawaddy.

He added that this year's damage was less compared to last year. In 2018, over 1,300,000 acres of paddy fields were flooded and half was damaged.