Aus­tralian agri­cul­ture in­sti­tute launches Myan­mar re­search project

The Myanmar Times - - News - HTOO THANT thanhtoo@mm­times.com – Trans­la­tion by Win Thaw Tar

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.

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