AGRICULTURE

What Do Edible Oil and Paddy Cultivation Have to do With Fish Farming in Myanmar?

How to Fix the Asymmetry Between Paddy and Oil Seed Production and the Aquaculture Industry in Myanmar Had this been done 60 years ago, our bet is that Myanmar would have been an economic powerhouse today rather than a basket case.  The next best time to do it, is now.  This is a simple strategy: Improve paddy technology and techniques, invest in oil seed production and processing and watch Myanmar become the largest exporter of farmed fish in the world…

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A Pretty Sweet Deal

Myanmar Honey Gets the Money A couple years ago, BNS was hired by Tag International Development (Myanmar), an NGO, to help them increase their distribution of their social business product, fair-trade Plan Bee Honey. This was a pretty sweet gig and the honey is really good quality and delicious. Tag has a project here in Myanmar to modernise beekeeping, which is projected to impact on the lives of 100,000 people by building capacity of the beekeeping and honey production sector…

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Growing Soybean on Rice Land Manual in Burmese Language

This is a great resource for Myanmar Farmers put out by the International Rice Research Institute, an NGO. The Manual is in Burmese. According to IRRI: “Soybean is a high-value crop in temperate zones where, with appropriate inputs, it is grown on a large scale. But soybean has been little exploited in the tropics because of constraints such as seed viability, free nodulation, and seed shattering. Other impediments are the lack of processing facilities and poor marketing structures.” You can…

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Soy Farming in Myanmar

Myanmar is the largest grower of soybean in ASEAN. Soybean in grown in three seasons in Myanmar so there are always fresh crops as well as price hikes and dips. November to January usually sees prices dip below 1000 kyats per vis ($0.40 USD per Kg), which is unsustainable for farmers and a bad time to be importing US Soybeans. Most of the best soybean is grown in Shan state where Winrock Myanmar, with funding from USAID, has implemented the…

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Edible Oil Industry, Myanmar Part 1

By Rick Chase Background Myanmar Context Myanmar is among the highest consumer per capita of edible oil in the world. Consumers in Myanmar use edible oil for frying, curries and added to other food such as rice, tea leave sale as pulses to improve the flavour and satiability.  In Myanmar, it is good hospitality to increase the oil content of meals served to visitors. Per capita consumption of edible oil is estimated to be around 10 Kg per year.  It…

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