JICA and Myan­mar sign agree­ment for pro­ject to boost farm pro­duc­tiv­ity

Mizzima Business Weekly - - LAST WEEK IN NAY PYI TAW -

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.

Photo: Hong Sar for Mizzima

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