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US soybean planting experiment scheduled

The Ministry of Commerce will grow high-yielding US soybeans in Shan State’s Nawngcho township as an experiment prior to introducing more widespread planting of the crop. The ministry’s deputy director-general for consumer affairs U Aung Maun said native soybean species produce between 12 and 20 baskets per acre compared to US species, which can produce […]

Start-up sees future farmers using hydroponics, smart tech

Ko Htet Aung Hlaing, founder of local start-up HydroPlant, wants to revolutionise farming in Myanmar. “HydroPlant is expanding its two business arms. The first one is disseminating hydroponic technology and selling the required equipment. We build greenhouses. The second is selling smart precision systems,” he said. The smart precision systems offer information that farmers need […]

Jailed American’s Family Pleads to US, Myanmar Govts in Hemp Case

The family of US citizen John Frederic Todoroki, who was accused of growing marijuana in Mandalay’s Nganzun Township, has appealed to the Myanmar government for help, pleading that Todoroki only tried to help Myanmar farmers growing industrial hemp and did not commit any drug-related crimes. The family sent the letters to Myanmar State Counselor Daw […]

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, […]