Paw San Rice: Myanmar’s ticket back to the international stage?

It all started with a plate of fried rice. It was a simple, perfectly balanced dish: a handful of plump prawns, some shallots and diced vegetables. All resting atop a mound of fragrant (and locally grown), long-grained Paw San rice, with each grain distinct and curling at the ends like a baroque version of Basmati. […]

Government to expand instalment system for farming equipment

The agriculture ministry is collaborating with private firms to help farmers facing a shortage of animals and labour purchase machinery on instalment. The government is hoping to help provide farmers with new tractors as part of a bid to improve mechanisation across the agricultural sector. Photo: StaffThe government is hoping to help provide farmers with […]

Myanmar sees boost in private investment in agriculture

Investment in agriculture by private companies is increasing in Myanmar, raising expectations that the modernization of the sector will progress at last. Myanmar Agribusiness Public Corp. (Mapco) has built a large rice mill in a bid to boost exports of rice, while Myanma Awba Group has launched a project to build an agricultural chemical factory. […]

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 Oryza.com, 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 […]