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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” […]

Shan, Mandalay to scale up coffee exports

More than 100 tonnes of coffee beans produced in Shan State’s Ywar Ngan and Mandalay’s Pyin Oo Lwin townships could be exported within this year and there is potential for further export too, said U Min Hlaing, secretary of the Myanmar Coffee Association. The target countries for export are America, Japan, Canada, Korea and Australia […]

Floods, crop damage under-scores need for insurance

Due to heavy rainfall during the month of June, more than half a million acres of farming land was flooded and some 250,000 acres totally destroyed as at June 29, said U Myo Tint Tun, deputy permanent secretary of the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation (MOALI). That underscores the need to implement a crop […]

Cooperatives set to receive K550 billion in funds

Funds for farmers and the agricultural sector totalling more than K550 billion are going to be provided to central cooperative associations on July 7, said Director U Myo Aung of the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation. The funds will then be distributed to regional and state-level, which will then disburse the money to farmers […]

Myanma Apex Bank gives loans to almost 700 farmers this harvesting season

A pilot project which provides loans to farmers spearheaded by Myanma Apex Bank (MAB) and Myanmar Rice Federation (MRF) has supported almost 700 farmers for this harvesting season to date, according to the MRF. U Ye Min Aung, MRF secretary, said that the MAB has provided medium-term loans to farms in agriculture, livestock and fishery […]

Dutch feed group confident about growth opportunities in Myanmar

De Heus opened its second production site in Myanmar today. The manufacturer said the new factory is about helping the group to strengthen its market position in that country and helping to professionalize agriculture in the region. The facility, located near Mandalay, the country’s second city, has an annual production capacity of 280000 MT, said […]

Myanmar state counselor calls for efforts for regaining top rice exporting country status

YANGON, March 7 (Xinhua) — Myanmar State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi has called on farmers and stakeholders in the country to strive for regaining the past status of top rice exporting country by turning to new agricultural methods such as organic farming, Myanmar News Agency reported Wednesday. Aung San Suu Kyi made the call […]