Australian agriculture institute launches Myanmar research project
AUSTRALIA’S pre-eminent agricultural research institute, the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR), is cooperating with Myanmar on research and education projects aimed at improving the country’s agricultural sector.
The ACIAR will assist Yezin Agricultural University, as well as various agriculture departments across the country, in two projects: an education initiative, and research on tropical peas, according to the university’s rector, U Myo Kywe.
The education initiative will see employees from township agricultural offices disseminate knowledge gained from research studies to farmers in their area.
“The education project involves [the government’s] agricultural employees educating cultivators about technology and other insights gained from agricultural research. This may include information about dealing with changing weather conditions, new crop strains or the type of land best suited to different types of agriculture” U Myo Kywe said.
The other project, a research project on the cultivation of various types of tropical peas, is aimed at improving the socioeconomic status and organisational ability of cultivators.
The projects will be carried out in townships across central Myanmar and Ayeyarwady Region.
The ACIAR will help to run training courses for university and government employees in preparation for these two projects, with a specific focus on the educating employees who will be involved in the education initiative.
In the future, cooperation between Myanmar and the ACIAR will extend to research projects on fertile top-soil and plant nutrition, garden crops, tapioca crop and corn crops, said U Myo Kywe.
Yezin Agricultural University, which is located in Nay Pyi Taw, already has a number of research agreements in place with universities and organisations from Japan, the United States, France, Germany and China, having signed around 20 memoranda of understanding.
The MoUs currently in place with international universities allow staff from Yezin Agricultural University to travel abroad and study at foreign universities.
According to U Myo Kywe, Yezin hopes to foster ties with a number of other US universities in the coming year.
“We will implement the task of signing MoUs with American universities in January 2017. The US is ahead of the others in the agricultural sector,” he said.