Higher padi yield expected from Muda area

A padi field in Kedah during harvest season. — Photo courtesy of Mada

Muda Agricultural Development Authority (Mada) is optimistic that padi farmers in the Muda area in Kedah can meet at least 40% of the country’s supply needs despite uncertain weather conditions.

A statement by Mada general manager’s office said with the current estimated average gross yield of 5.3 tonnes per hectare, padi production for the 2/2021 season (second phase of planting season) should reach 553,631 tonnes.

“The yield is expected to be 30% more than the production for the 2/2020 season, which achieved an output of only 408,724 tonnes,” said the statement.

Mada also said that 71% of padi crops in the Muda area were now ready to be harvested, adding that it would continue to monitor planting activities until the end of the season.

In addition, the statement said Mada’s dams registered comfortable levels of water. Pedu Dam’s water level is currently at 81.6%, Muda Dam at 76.4% and Ahning Dam at 92.8%. — Bernama

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