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Myanmar’s farmers go hi-tech

\ According to the World Bank, Asia supports the food demands of 60 percent of the global population by using just 23 percent of the world’s agricultural land. Due to an increasing population and decreasing land mass, the role of technology in agriculture is key. This is where the booming start-up scene in Southeast Asia […]

InfoCorp Technologies Partners Mandalay Capital to Provide Livestock-backed Loans for Unbanked Farmers

26th April 2019: InfoCorp Technologies, Singapore-registered fintech company has formed a partnership with Myanmar-based financial services company, Mandalay Capital (MCAPITAL) to utilise FarmTrek as platform to provide livestock-backed loan services to farmers and MSMEs in the Myanmar agricultural and livestock market. MCAPITAL aims to replace illegal remittances and currency exchanges in line with Central Bank’s […]

Yangon Farmers market

The concepts of ‘Yangon City’ and ‘farming’ are difficult to connect. The smoggy, bustling roads and towering condos of the urban centre often do not even offer a view of any fertile land, though the fields are only a few miles away. It often seems that food magically appears at the supermarket or depots for […]

Yangon to raise K40 billion for compensation by selling land

The Yangon government has to sell land so that it can pay farmers K40 billion (US$26.30 million) in compensation for their land, said Yangon Chief Minister U Phyo Min Thein. But the chief minister said that the land will be sold only to buyers who will use it for businesses, and it will not allow […]

Good growth potential for gum crop

The Japanese and Chinese governments have signed agreements to buy gum sterculia from Myanmar. The agreements were signed in Myaing township, Magway Region, on March 9. Gum sterculia, also known as gum karaya or Indian gum tragacanth, is a vegetable gum produced by trees of the genus Sterculia. The gum is used as a thickener […]

On the trajectory to seed exports

The demand for seeds is rising in Myanmar as farmers have switched to hybrid seeds which can give higher yields compared with traditional seeds. Now, Myanmar needs to boost production of quality seeds to cater to local demand and to become a seed exporting country. To get higher yields and incomes, our farmers need access […]

Frustrated Farmers Give Melons Away as Border Checkpoint Remains Shut

MANDALAY—Melon growers gave away around 50 tons of watermelons in Sagaing Region’s Monywa on Monday in a protest against the closure of a key border checkpoint for fruit exports in the Muse border trade zone on the Myanmar-China border. Melon and cantaloupe growers from Butalin Township organized the protest, one of its leaders, Ko Thitsar, […]

Kovind launches mobile app for farmers in Myanmar

President Ram Nath Kovind on Wednesday launched a mobile app developed for farmers in Myanmar and dedicated a centre and a bio park to promote agriculture research and education to the people here. Kovind is in Myanmar on a two-city visit to continue India’s high level bilateral engagements under the rubric of the ‘Act East […]

Shwebo drought leaves farmers in trouble, kills plants

Shwebo District in Sagaing Region has been hit by a untimely drought causing difficulty with monsoon paddy growing while outright leading some plantations to wither and die, according to local sources. In the district, the areas without access to a dam that have to rely on rainwater. The drought has caused cultivation problems for the […]

Waiting for Godot: farmers seek return of seized land

Farmers in Myanmar are still waiting for justice as many of their lands were confiscated by government officials, military personnel, authorities and their cronies for various reasons, a new report from New York-based Human Rights Watch (HRW) revealed. The NGO launched the report “Nothing for Our Land: Impacts of Land Confiscation on Farmers in Myanmar” […]