Farm mechanization in Myanmar gets boost from IRRI, German Group
International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), through the Closing the Rice Yield Gap Project (CORIGAP-PRO) and and in partnership with the Agricultural Development Support Project (ADSP), is now working with the German Agricultural Society (DLG-Deutsche Landwirtschaftsgesellschaft) in the delivery of mechanization technologies for smallholder farmers in Myanmar.
Through a mechanization field day recently held in Myanmar, participants coming from the region were introduced to laser leveling and other farm mechanization and postharvest technologies like the mechanical transplanters, tractors and disc plows, solar bubble dryers, and hermetic storage bags.
In addition, the participants were also involved in discussions about the business models and experiences of others in using these technologies.
“These technologies help address labor shortage, reduce costs, and introduce postharvest options to increase income of farmers in the country,” IRRI Senior Scientist Martin Gummert said.
More than 120 farmers, government extension agents, policy makers, and partners from the private sector attended the Mechanization Field Day specifically held at Kyoet Pin Sakhan Village in Letpadan, Myanmar.
For her part, Katharina Staske, DLG project manager for exhibitions, said that this collaboration with IRRI would be a great opportunity to learn from each other on the best agricultural practices.
DLG is hosting a similar knowledge sharing activity called AGRITECHNICA ASIA, taking place in Bangkok, Thailand from August 22nd to 24th, 2018.
The trade fair, with more than 100 international companies, is accompanied by seminars and workshops jointly organized with IRRI and the Thai Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives.