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Mandalay fish, chicken farmers cry foul over food safety ‘misinformation’

Operators of integrated fish-chicken farms in Mandalay Region have denied accusations that their products pose a health risk to consumers. The farmers, who raise chickens above fish ponds, accused fish-feed manufacturers of spreading what they described as false information that fish fed with chicken manure carry disease and are unsafe to eat. U Nay Thurein, […]

Good understanding of rules key to contract farming success

To promote cooperation between farmers and companies involved in the value chain of the agricultural sector, the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation on 31 January announced rules for contract farming. Contract farming is a system under which companies provide farmers technology and seeds to grow crops and once they are harvested, the companies sell […]

Government plans to merge state-run banks to facilitate more lending

A senior official has announced that four government-owned banks that have similar business scopes will be merged in order to help provide more loans for micro, small and medium enterprises (MSME), and farmers. Union Minister of Planning, Finance and Industry U Soe Win revealed this during a workshop on financial support MSMEs in Nay Pyi […]

A modern, greener solution for farmers

When brown lesions and spots started showing up on their crops and spreading across acres of rice fields in Dedaye township, Ayeyarwady Region, back in 2014, farmers thought it was a pest or insect attack and doused the crops with pesticide. “Some farmers used large quantities of the most potent pesticides they could find in […]

Water a worry for Myanmar’s farmers

Myanmar’s rice growers are increasingly concerned about the amount of water in the country available for the irrigation of their crops, industry insiders say. And their worries are not exactly without foundation. U Myo Tint Tun, assistant secretary at the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation recently said: “A reduction in water available for crop […]

Trade centre in Mon State to open before year end

A local trade centre in Mon State is expected to open before the end of this year, U Phone Myint, a member of the Mon State Chamber of Commerce & Industry, told Myanmar Times. The center, which will be located in Mawlamyine, aims to promote rubber products for starters when it opens later this year, […]

Ministry urges farmers to save water

The Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation has urged farmers to use water more efficiently as there is less water behind the country’s more than 300 reservoirs and dams despite the current rainy season. The monsoon, which started in late May, is due to end later this month. As of Sunday, Thaphan Seik Dam, the […]

Riding around with worries

On a Sunday and public holidays, the streets in front of the Hlaing Tharyar council office buildings are quiet and empty. U Htay Hlaing, aged 63, sits on his motorbike waiting to give his passengers a ride back home. Last year he converted his motorbike into a trishaw, which he uses to ferry people around […]

Microfinance growth expected to drive higher financial inclusion

Efforts are being made to raise the rate of financial inclusion in the Myanmar. Under the Myanmar Financial Inclusion Roadmap for 2019 to 2023, authorities are working with the UN Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) to raise the percentage of the population covered by the financial sector to 60 percent from 48pc currently, said Willian Naing, […]

Authorities approve Htantabin, Hlegu projects

Members of Parliament (MPs) for the regional Hluttaw of Yangon has finally given the green light for the Htantabin and Hlegu industrial park projects to the north of Yangon city. The MPs approved both projects after Minister of Karen National Affairs Naw Pang Thinzar Myo, who is also the chair of the Yangon Region Investment […]