Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Myanmar: Farmers learn to link with wholesale and export market

A learning alliance (LA) meeting on linking with markets was conducted last 2-3 May 2014 in Yangon. About 25 alliance members, farmers, private sector, and NGO partners from Bogale and Maubin townships attended the event.

The participants visited a wholesale rice trading depot in Wadan and an export market in Bayint Naung area to interact with traders and learn about quality, varieties, logistics and pricing of grains. The group also interacted with members of Myanmar Rice and Paddy Traders’ Association (MRPTA) and township trade leaders to know more about trading practices. With the emphasis on producing good quality from good seeds, farmers met with staff of the Hmaw Bi Seed farm to learn about available seeds and seed production.

U Kyaw Ei, a Bogale rice farmer, said that Bogale rice is priced the lowest of nine townships trading the same variety in Wardan. From milled rice samples of traders, he saw the low price has to do with low quality grains.

For Maubin and Bogale LA, the learning cycle on varieties and postharvest will continue for the monsoon season 2014.

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