Grown in Myanmar, Product of the Philippines
What the Philippines lacks in land area and farm inputs, Myanmar can fill in.
This is the philosophy behind the tests being conducted by Filipino firm SL Agritech Corporation (SLAC) in Myanmar to test if it is a good production site for export-quality rice varieties.
The Philippine News Agency reported that SLAC’s rice field trial in Myanmar recently yielded 150 metric tons (MT) of seed per hectare on 100 hectares in Yangon’s Dagon Township.
SLAC used the hybrid rice seed SL-8H, branded “ Shwe Lar-SL-8H” in Myanmar.
Also planted were commercial table grade rice SL-7H (Dona Maria Jasponica) on 11 hectares, SL-9H (Miponica) on 28 hectares, and SL-8H on 20 hectares.
SLAC chairman Henry Lim Bon Liong was quoted as saying that it could export Doña Maria Jasponica and Miponica rice from Myanmar, since the people there do not want soft and sticky rice.
He said the Philippines has limited flat land for rice, but Myanmar has around 17 million hectares of available uncultivated land.
Myanmar was the world’s biggest rice exporters prior to World War II. Its soil is very rich and there is enough water.
Exporting rice from Myanmar carries preferential zero tariff for European destinations. SLAC is also eyeing China and the US as possible markets for its rice grown in Myanmar.