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Favorable weather conditions and improved yields have helped drive a return to growth in Myanmar’s agricultural sector, a trend likely to be supported by government efforts to embrace modern farming methods to ensure long-term sustainable development.

The agriculture sector in Myanmar grew by 3.5% in FY 2017/18, which ended on March 31, rebounding from a drought-induced contraction recorded in FY 2016/17

The agriculture sector grew by 3.5% in FY 2017/18, which ended on March 31, rebounding from a drought-induced contraction recorded in FY 2016/17, according to the Asian Development Outlook 2018 report, released by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) in early April.

Read more: Myanmar Agriculture Rebounds From A Drought-Induced Contraction

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School children join the first tsunami drill at BEHS 1 Kungyangon in Yangon in January. Zarni Phyo/The Myanmar Times

Vice President U Henry Van Thio is a possessed man, running here and there, to check on the preparations of local governments in response to the perennial threats of the monsoon, which is just around the corner.

Read more: Disaster-prone Myanmar presses alert button as monsoon looms

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The BioCarbon Engineering team and their double propeller quadro-copter drone they hope will mean a brighter future for Myanmar's depleted mangroves [Ivan Ogilvie/ Al Jazeera]

Since 1978, one million hectares of mangroves have been cut down in Myanmar. In the Ayerwaddy Delta in the south, mangrove forests have been significantly depleted - often cut down to make way for shrimp and rice farming, as well as charcoal production and collecting palm oil.

Read more: Cyclone shield: Breathing new life into Myanmar's mangroves

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