Myanmar’s cyclone-hit rice mills resume production

YANGON, June 17 (Asia Pulse) – Most of the rice mills in
Myanmar’s Yangon division, which were destroyed in a cyclone
storm early last month, have resumed operation after prompt
repair, the local weekly Flower News reported Tuesday. Of the 110 over-15-ton rice mills in Yangon division, nearly
100 have returned to normal operation since the beginning of
this month, the report said quoting the Myanmar’s Rice Millers
Association.

However, of the 170 rice mills in the
cyclone-hard-hit Ayeyawaddy delta region, only 50 could run.

The private rice millers are endeavoring to put all the 280
rice mills in both divisions into full production by the
beginning of next year, the report added.

Meanwhile, according to Tuesday’s official newspaper New
Light of Myanmar, 32 main rice mills of 25-ton capacity in the
delta region’s Mawlamyinegyun township have been reoperating
normally after renovation.

Ayeyawaddy division was traditionally known as the “rice
bowl” of Myanmar.

In the cyclone disaster, over 1 million acres (405,000
hectares)of cultivable lands were flooded with sea water in 7
townships in Ayeyawaddy division, 3 in Yangon division, 2 in
Bago division and 3 in Mon state during the storm with o