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Since 1965, IRRI has been involved with Myanmar researchers, extension personnel, and farmers in introducing rice breeding material, hybrid rice technology, and locally adaptable designs for rice transplanters and threshers. The rice variety IR8 was introduced in Myanmar in 1967. It was called Ya Gyaw, meaning “more than a hundred.”

In May 2015, the Myanmar Rice Sector Development Strategy was launched at the Department of Agricultural Research, Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar.

More Myanmar rice farmers are trying improved technologies to reduce postharvest losses

posted Sep 22, 2016, 6:41 PM by

LETPADAN TOWNSHIP, Myanmar –A project that improves the productivity and sustainability of irrigated rice production systems continues to engage Myanmar farmers and other actors in using improved technologies that will protect them against postharvest grain losses, thus improving the overall value chain.

Myanmar partners produce high-yielding salinity-tolerant rice varieties

posted Aug 22, 2016, 8:25 PM by

Sixty farmers participated in evaluating new salinity-tolerant rice varieties in a farmer’s field in Meikhtilar District, Mandalay to identify new high-yielding varieties, select the best varieties for their fields, and become aware of the sustainable adoption of improved varieties in stress-prone environments. (This was originally published in Rice Today in July 2016)

Rice-based cropping system project in Myanmar makes significant contribution to local agriculture

posted Aug 7, 2016, 7:57 PM by

NAY PYI TAW, Myanmar, 13 May—A project that promotes the adoption of new stress-tolerant rice varieties, greater crop intensification, and diversification, and postharvest management for smallholder farmers in the Ayeyarwady Delta has led to important developments in the local agriculture, according to farmers. (This was originally published in May 2016)

Rice Science Academy conducts training on reducing postharvest losses

posted Aug 5, 2016, 1:06 AM by

LOS BAÑOS, Philippines— Extension professionals, researchers, and farmer leaders from seven Asian countries attended two weeks (4-15 April) of rigorous training (photo) conducted by the Rice Science Academy at the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI). (This was originally published in April 2016)

Women rice farmers: Myanmar’s next seed growers?

posted Aug 3, 2016, 10:43 PM by

YANGON, Myanmar—Although women’s contributions to Myanmar’s agriculture are limited by gender-based barriers, they are increasingly being tapped as producers of rice seed through the Stress-Tolerant Rice in Vulnerable Environments (STRIVE) project. (This was originally published in March 2016)

More Asian rice farmers to benefit from CORIGAP technologies

posted Aug 3, 2016, 10:42 PM by

YOGYAKARTA, Indonesia—More farmers in Southeast Asia will benefit from integrated crop and natural resource management approaches in major rice-based systems. (This was originally published in Feb 2016)

Smallholder farmers develop business models for postharvest services

posted Aug 3, 2016, 10:30 PM by

MAUBIN TOWNSHIP, Myanmar –Farmers from rice-based villages have developed business plans for the sustainable use of postharvest equipment and generating income by providing postharvest services to other farmers. (This was originally published in Feb 2016)

Myanmar recognizes IRRI’s contribution to the country’s rice sector development

posted Jan 3, 2016, 6:14 PM by   [ updated Jan 3, 2016, 6:14 PM ]

The Republic of Union of Myanmar cited IRRI for its significant contribution and continuous support to sustainable food security and nutrition through Rice Sector Development in Myanmar. The award was conferred by the Honorable President of the Republic of Union of Myanmar, H.E. U Thein Sein at the Convocation Hall, Yezin Agricultural University (YAU), Nay Pyi Taw on 16 October. (This was originally published in October 2015)

Lessons in postharvest identified by Learning Alliance members in wrap-up meeting

posted Jul 28, 2015, 6:22 PM by

The Learning Alliance (LA) in Bogale Township in Myanmar was established in July 2013 to improve Bogale rice quality and obtain higher market prices. The members, composed of farmers, millers, NGO partners, and other rice value chain actors, had a wrap-up meeting on 29-30 June 2015. (This was originally published on 10 July 2015)

Myanmar: Agriculture ministry and IRRI join forces to combat apple snail invasion in rice fields

posted Jun 10, 2015, 8:32 PM by   [ updated Jul 28, 2015, 6:22 PM ]

On 6 June 2015, a workshop designed to tackle the threat posed by apple snails was held at the Plant Protection Division (PPD) of the Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation (MOAI) in Yangon. The workshop, with over 20 participants, was opened by Dr. Pyone Pyone Kyi, deputy director of PPD. (This was originally published on 10 June 2015)

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