Sagaing farmers lack interest in cultivating chemical-free betel

Farmers from Sagaing Region’s Shwebo district have voiced a lack of interest in cultivating betel plants using natural products in lieu of chemicals, despite the absence of dangers to the health of both consumers and growers. Betel plants are grown annually between April-August and take four months before the leaves are ready to be picked […]

Farmers apply for food-safety certificate

Seventeen mango farmers in Mandalay Region have applied for a certification that would show they are abiding by prominent safety standards. Mango farmers only became eligible for good agricultural practice (GAP) certification this year. The certificate shows buyers that “fruits and vegetables are produced, packed, handled, and stored as safely as possible to minimize risks […]

Few workers left in deserted Magwe

Villages in Magwe Region are becoming ever more sparsely populated, as men and women move overseas in search of work, leaving few behind to plant and pick the region’s native crops, farmers said. Flooding in July and August destroyed thousands of acres of farmland, and hundreds of thousands more have been confiscated by the government […]

Muse traders flout rice exports ban

Despite a ban on rice exports as Myanmar struggles to recover from a nationwide flooding disaster, traders are continuing business at the Muse border with China. In early August, the Myanmar Rice Federation announced a ban on exports for six weeks as more than 500,000 acres of paddy flooded nationwide and more than 300,000 acres […]

Myanmar rice exports may not be impacted by floods: official

Heavy rains and flooding since mid-July in Myanmar’s Sagaing Region, Shan State and Kachin State have destroyed more than 24,000 hectares of paddy fields but the country’s exports may not be affected significantly. This was the message of the general secretary of the Myanmar Rice Federation, according to a report by, which follows the […]

SLCM Ltd signs MoU with Myanmar’s United Amara Bank

KOLKATA: SLCM Ltd, the wholly owned subsidiary of SLCM (Sohan Lal Commodity Management) Group has signed MoU with Myanmar’s United Amara Bank for collateral financing in Myanmar. The step aimed at strengthening the network for providing collateral management solutions to Farmers, Processors, Traders, Exporters & Importers across Myanmar. United Amara Bank will offer their customers […]

Farmers displaced by industrial park project

It’s groundnut planting season, but U Sein Paw won’t be sowing any seeds today, or any other day. His daughter was arrested for harrowing what he still thinks of as his field, and to secure her release U Sein Paw had to sign a pledge not to work the land anymore. His former farm is […]

Banks need incentive to take grain instead of gold

Two domestic banks have agreed to offer loans backed by commodities, allowing farmers to pledge items like beans and pulses as collateral for access to competitively priced financing for the first time. However, the appeal of warehouse receipt financing may be limited, as capped interest rates mean the lenders have little incentive to take on […]

Can Coffee Replace Opium in Southern Shan State?

In the hills in southern Shan State surrounding Taunggyi, in Myanmar, up a tangle of roads barely passable in a Hilux, deep into an ocean of opium poppy fields barely clinging to the hillside, a few islands of other crops have sprung up. They are most prominently coffee and rubber – all part of a […]

Myanmar’s rice volatility keeps many farmers poor: World Bank

Myanmar’s rice volatility is the highest among net rice exporting countries in Asia, preventing rice farmers from earning high profits and keeping many families at or close to the poverty line, according to the World Bank. The World Bank’s research team focused their study on Manawthukha and Pawsan rice varieties locally consumed from 2004-2013 in […]