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Silver sixth variety to help boost cotton exports
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Oct '10
Myanmar could emerge as a cotton-exporting nation with a particular variety of cotton yarn acquiring recognition from farmers. Cotton growers have acknowledged the benefits of growing the “silver sixth” variety of cotton which is popularly called “ngwe chi (6)” in Myanmar.

Several years ago, an experiment was conducted first by growing this cotton variety. Later on, it was introduced to the farmers of Myanmar. Its production has been expanding over the years in the country. Silver sixth is a high-yield variety of cotton, which is insect-resistant as well. The textile industry as well as the apparel sector is showing great interest in this particular variety of cotton.

This cotton strain can be grown throughout the year and has high production rate. It is being grown in Ayeyarwady, Magwe and Mandalay regions, Shan State and western Bago since the past few years. Magwe and Mandalay regions have the highest production. Of the total 3.2 billion viss (1 viss = 1.6 kilograms) of cotton produced by Myanmar in 2009-10, 2.9 billion viss of cotton belongs to the silver sixth variety.

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