1. Needs assessment survey
A survey was conducted in 320 households of 25 villages in Ayeyarwaddy Delta and Bago to determine their current rice production knowledge, attitudes, and practices.
2. Participatory varietal selection (PVS) trials in researchers and farmers’ field
Thirty-four trial sites are established in research stations and farmers’ fields. A total of 313 farmers joined the PVS preference analysis in the 2012 wet season and 2013 dry season. Farmers also assessed the eating quality of their preferred varieties based on field performance. In this activity, 249 farmers participated in the sensory evaluation.
Click here to read more about the PVS trials and to watch the video on PVS of rice in Myanmar.
3. Learning alliance
Village-level learning alliances were established in Bogale and Maubin townships to help the farmers produce better
quality rice. The learning alliance is composed of different village farmers, millers, traders, government officials, and NGO staff working together towards a common goal―to improve their livelihoods through good-quality seeds and reduced postharvest losses.
Read more about the learning alliances in Myanmar.
4. Crop management and postharvest
Myanmar farmers experience great crop loss due to flooding. Currently, the CORIGAP project team offers improved crop
management options in crop nutrition, weed, rodent, and insect losses.
Inefficient postharvest systems lead to a 5–10% grain loss plus loss in rice quality. To address this challenge, postharvest technologies such as mechanical threshers, hermetic storage, and flatbed dryers were established to reduce postharvest losses.