Students can now ma­jor in paddy

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UNIVER­SITY students can now ob­tain bach­e­lor’s and master’s de­grees spe­cial­is­ing in paddy.

The Yezin Agri­cul­tural Univer­sity lo­cated in Nay Pyi Taw will of­fer the new ma­jor start­ing this aca­demic year, said pro­fes­sor U Aung Kyaw Myint.

“Classes fo­cus­ing on paddy will be­gin in the sec­ond year of un­der­grad­u­ate course­work as a spe­cialised sub­ject,” he said. “For students of the five-year post­grad­u­ate de­gree, the univer­sity will of­fer a track spe­cial­is­ing in paddy start­ing from the sec­ond year through the re­main­ing four years,” he said. Pre­vi­ously, the univer­sity of­fered the course only as an elec­tive.

As both a ma­jor rice con­sumer and pro­ducer, Myan­mar needs to be able to rely on its agri­cul­ture sec­tor, univer­sity rec­tor U Myi Ky­wel said. Fo­cus­ing on paddy, a sta­ple crop, is es­pe­cially im­por­tant as the coun­try nav­i­gates the chal­lenges of cli­mate change and an­nual flood­ing.

The new sub­ject will be open to 50 un­der­grad­u­ate students, 30 post­grad­u­ates and 20 master’s can­di­dates.

Re­tirees from the De­part­ment of Agri­cul­ture and ex­perts from the In­ter­na­tional Rice Re­search In­sti­tute will be in­vited to share their ex­pe­ri­ences.

– Trans­la­tion by Zar Zar Soe

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