JICA and Myanmar sign agreement for project to boost farm productivity
The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and the Myanmar government signed an agreement in Nay Pyi Taw for a project to enhance irrigation and agricultural management, reported Kyodo News. Japan will launch a 390 million yen (about US$3.6 million) project in May in Myanmar for the project as part of efforts to boost productivity and reduce poverty in the country. Development of agriculture promotion system, the improvement of the rice value chain, among other things, will be carried out in six townships in Sagaing Region. The two sides also plan to secure a stable water source by establishing a water management organization for farmers and improve profitably by obtaining a geographical indication tag for Shwebo Pawsan, a high-end variety of local rice. The project, aimed at improving the income and management skills of farmers, runs from May 2020 to November 2024, according to JICA.