Climate change affected soybean farmers get new seeds, technology

SHWE PAHTOE VILLAGE, Shan State — Hla Min had been successfully farming soybean since 1994 on the hillsides of Shwe Pahtoe (South), an ethnic Danu village in Pindaya Township, southern Shan State, when around 2008 his harvests began to fall. As rains became increasingly erratic due to a changing climate his crop suffered. Sometimes rains […]

Jade jitters for 2015 trade

After 2014’s slump in Chinese demand and continued clashes in jade mining areas, dealers are looking to the year ahead with some anxiety. A shortage of quality stones coming to market, reduced interest from China and continued fighting in jade-rich Kachin State are the main reasons, according to the dealers. Mandalay jade dealers are largely […]