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Satellite technology will be used to conduct an upcoming agricultural census in Myanmar. The census will be used to gather data for the development of the agriculture sector, which dominates Myanmar's economy, accounting for 42 per cent of the country's gross domestic product.

It is the first time that satellite data will be used in this way in Myanmar. The country's last agricultural census, undertaken in late 2003, involved the mobilisation of more that 8,000 staff from the ministry of agriculture and irrigation.

A pilot project will be conducted in Myanmar's leading rice producing area, Bogalay, in southern Ayeyawaddy division.

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