Flood Affected Rice Farmers Get SeedsAug 25, 2015
[Yangon – August 21] The international development and humanitarian community joined hands to provide urgently needed rice seeds to farmers in Rakhine State and enable them to catch the small window of opportunity in the current planting season. Rakhine State is the worst hit by monsoonal floods that occurred all over Myanmar late in July and early August.
Nine tons of rice seeds have been made available and transported to Rakhine State by the United States Government, through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has provided additional funds to distribute these seeds to farmers in Mrauk U, Mimbya, and Myebon.
The rice seeds, which have been sourced from the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), a USAID funded programme, will be distributed by Relief International (RI) and International Rescue Committee (IRC) to approximately 1,600 flood-affected households in need. Both INGOs have programmes in Rakhine State and, since the beginning of the flooding, have made tireless efforts to provide support to the affected communities.
UNDP is leading the Early Recovery process and has developed an early recovery programme based on assessments and will soon start implementing it together with the Government of Myanmar and other partners to enable the people affected by the flood and landslides to recover their livelihoods. Anticipated recovery needs range from supporting communities to clean debris in the aftermath of the flood to the supply of agricultural inputs to resume rural livelihoods.
More than 1.6 million people have been critically affected by monsoonal floods and landslides during July and August. According to the Government, floods have inundated over 1.4 million acres of farmland, damaging over 773,884 acres of rice paddy and other crops. Rakhine State has been the most severely affected, followed by Sagaing, Magway, Ayeyarwady and Bago. According to the Government, over 123,000 acres of farmland have so far been partially replanted in flood affected areas out of 214,000 damaged.