Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Myanmar: IRRI heads workshop for improving farmer profitability

Written by Romeo Labios and Trina Leah Mendoza

Partners of  Diversification and intensification of rice-based cropping systems in lower Myanmar held a workshop on 18-19 May in Yezin. The 4-year project, which is funded by the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research, conducts research on cropping options to increase and sustain productivity of both cropping systems in Maubin Township in Ayeyarwaddy, and in Daik Oo Township in Bago.

“The project aims to improve farmer profitability through developing best practices for rice production,” said IRRI principal scientist Grant Singleton who heads the undertaking. “It includes postharvest management, and innovative approaches to improve the productivity of rice-rice and rice-pulse cropping systems.”

Project partners who attended the activity included Dr. Ye Tin Htun, deputy director general of the Department of Agricultural Research, and Dr. Aye Min, project manager at the Department of Agriculture of the Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation The IRRI Myanmar office was represented by Dr. Romeo Labios, U Than Aye, Dr. Nyo Me Thwe, U Aung Myo Thant, Daw Aye Hnin Yu, Daw Su Su San, and Christopher Cabardo. Martin Gummert leads the post-harvest component of the project.

The participants discussed the work and financial plans, and protocols of the prioritized activities for the 2014 wet season and the 2014-15 dry season.. They also considered other researchable and capacity-building areas, including strategies to meet the project’s aims.

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