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Govt, international funding for Myanmar agriculture approved

Myanmar has approved a K92 billion COVID-19 relief plan for the domestic food production industry, U Hla Kyaw, Deputy Minister for Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation, said on June 26. The approved funding will enable the ministry to support people in the rural areas amid the pandemic. Under the government’s plan, nearly K15 billion will be […]

Myanmar at risk from extreme climate

According to the Global Climate Risk Index 2020, Myanmar has had the highest weather-related losses in the past two decades, alongside Puerto Rico and Haiti. It is said that Myanmar is also one of the most vulnerable countries at risk of climate crisis. The consequences of climate change can be seen around the world, with […]

ActionAid to help spur seed production in several areas

The Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation Ministry has linked up with ActionAid Myanmar to carry out seed production and help businesses in central plain tropical zone and Ayeyarwady Deltaadapt and ensure climate change. “We will mainly carry out seed production and agricultural techniques in Ayeyarwady Delta and tropical zone by inviting experts from ActionAid and exchanging […]

ILO to lead research on market sustainability in agriculture

The International Labour Organization (ILO) and the Myanmar Women’s Coffee Alliance will jointly conduct research on the work responsibility and market sustainability of Myanmar’s agriculture sector, an ILO executive said. Daw Aung Su Yi, national coordinator of the ILO Responsible Supply Chains in Asia programme, said the research will determine whether agriculture businesses are implementing […]

Growth potential in agriculture restricted by quality, other issues

In Myanmar, agriculture contributes to a third of the country’s GDP, a quarter of its exports and creates the bulk of job opportunities. Yet, the sector’s true potential remains restricted by poor access to finance and technology, limited infrastructure, complex land tenure and quality issues as well as weak supply chains. Nevertheless, demand for products […]

Myanmar MPs Vote to Regulate, Tax Chinese-Backed Banana Trade

NAYPYITAW – The Upper House of Myanmar’s Parliament on Monday approved a proposal to regulate China-backed banana plantations and levy a tax on the industry. Earlier this month, parliamentarian Dr. Khun Win Thaung of Kachin State submitted the proposal to the Upper House, saying tissue-culture banana plantations operated by Chinese companies are threatening the community’s […]

Agriculture as an economic driver

It’s common to see roads in Shan State full of trucks loaded with vegetables. The state produces 60 percent of all vegetables consumed within the country. Some of the crops are even exported to neighbouring countries. The state government now says that it is making moves to place more emphasis on developing agriculture over tourism […]

Protecting livelihoods and nature on Inle Lake

The fear that haunts Ko Than Htoo, who is the main breadwinner for his five-member family, is that Inle Lake will one day dry up. He has been a boatman for over 25 years. Only two years ago he had to leave nearby Pekon Lake after the water level went down to the point of […]

China, Myanmar Firms to Invest $130m in Four Agriculture Centres

China’s state-owned CITIC Construction group, the Myanmar Rice Federation and Myanmar Agribusiness Public Corporation signed a cooperation agreement for the construction of agricultural centres in three key regions. The US$130 million (K197 billion) deal signed in Nay Pyi Taw last week will construct centres in Yangon, Ayeyarwady, Mandalay and Rakhine. “The project intends to upgrade the […]

Kevin Fitzsimmons: Myanmar’s aquaculture potential on par with Thailand

The Government of Myanmar has targeted Aquaculture as a solution to widespread malnutrition and rural poverty in the Southeast Asian nation. With its 2,000 kilometers of coastline, Myanmar has the potential to reach the production levels of its neighbor, Thailand, as a seafood Producer, according to Kevin Fitzsimmons, a professor in the Department of Soil, […]