Land dispute in Myotha industrial park nears end

Ninety percent of lands that were taken for an industrial project has been compensated for in the Myotha industrial park in Mandalay Region, said U Tun Soe, deputy staff officer of Land Records Department. The compensation for lands grabbed in the Myotha industrial park project is K2million per acre for farmlands with rights already granted […]

Ministry Launches Mobile App For Crop & Consumer Safety

The Plant Protec­tion Division under Ministry of Agri­culture, Livestock and Irrigation has recently introduced a mobile ap­plication to promote the effective and safe usage of pesticides on agricultural products. The application, “Plant Protection Mobile Appli­cation” (PP-Verion-1.0), is available on android phones will be upgraded as frequently as the app requires. Since launching just two months […]

Myanmar pulses market examined

The permanent secretary of the Ministry of Commerce said that several strategies are being explored to restore the stability of Myanmar’s pulses market. The Myanmar pulses market was sent into disarray last month when India, the largest buyer, put severe restrictions on imported pulses in an attempt to protect the price of their own supply […]

Myanmar needs to modernise small farms to rev up sluggish sector

The London-based Oxford Business Group (OBG) said the modernisation of the small farm production “will require investment, policy reform and harmonisation between the government, the private sector and the civil society.” The think-tank also underscored the need to focus more in educating the farmers as well as in research and development. “According to the Ministry […]

The entrance of 2 Innovative Agri-Mobile Apps in Myanmar

Agriculture is the largest sector of Myanmar’s economy – a 2015 survey by the Department of Labour found that it is the main job of more than 54% of the working population. Given that mobile phone penetration in Myanmar’s market is so high, it is now possible to transmit useful information to remote farmers. Input […]

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 […]