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As described on arakanrivers.net, "Traditionally, rivers in Arakan have been used primarily for irrigation, transportation, fishing and navigation; however, at present their potential for hydropower generation is of greater significance to Burmas ruling military junta. That Arakans rivers produce and support extremely fertile soil is widely known. Indeed, this rich soil was central to the development and prosperity of Arakans ancient cities. The annual floods of the rainy season further enrich the soil, as the rivers overflow their banks and deposit nutrient-rich silt over adjacent land. In these regularly-flooded areas agriculture, as well as fish and shrimp/prawn farming are widely practised by the majority of the population. For many, these activities constitute their sole sources of income or, in many cases, subsistence."