IRRI teams up with World Bank to increase Myanmar’s rice productivity
International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) has partnered with World Bank to increase the rice productivity in Myanmar, which is the highest per capita rice consuming country in world.
To do this, IRRI and World Bank recently launched the Agricultural Development Support Project (ADSP), which aims to increase rice productivity in four pilot project regions under the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation (MOALI): Bago, Naypyitaw, Mandalay, and Sagaing.
Right now, Myanmar’s per capita consumption stood at 140.8 kilogram of milled rice a year.
“This makes it imperative for the agricultural sector of the country to increase their knowledge and adopt technologies that can improve their harvest,” IRRI said.
As part of its advisory and capacity building services, IRRI conducted a “Hands-on Quality Seed Production and Post-Harvest Managament Training” in the aforementioned areas.
Participants of the training were exposed to lessons on quality rice seed production, post-harvest processes, and techniques in addressing issues commonly faced by farmers, researchers, and seed production agencies.