Chickens rule roost in Myanmar’s farmyards, census reveals

MYANMAR - Chickens are the most numerous farm animals in the country, totaling 70 million, followed by cows at 9.5 million, according to the latest animal census released last week
calendar icon 15 January 2019
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The census, the first in 24 years, found that pigs were third at 5.8 million animals. Other poultry, such as ducks, turkeys, geese and Muscovy ducks, numbered nearly 9 million, sheep and goats numbered 2.1 million, and buffaloes about 1.8 million.

The animal census was carried out last January and February in 12,203 villages across the country (20 percent of the total) in 275 townships and more than 1.5 million homes in 530 wards, said Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation Minister U Aung Thu.

The figures are approximately 85 percent accurate, according to Daw Hnin Thida Myint, deputy director of the Livestock Breeding and Veterinary Department.

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