Activities in Myanmar
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.
Participatory varietal selection (PVS) trials in researchers and farmers’ field
PVS trials are established to provide opportunities for farmers to select rice varieties. About 50 high-yielding varieties for favorable and stress-tolerant varieties for the salt-prone and flood-prone areas were tested. 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.
Village-level learning alliances were established in Bogale and Maubin townships to help the farmers produce better quality rice.
Village farmers, millers, traders, government officials, and NGO staff are working together to improve their livelihoods through good-quality seeds and reduced postharvest losses.
Crop management and postharvest
Myanmar farmers experience great crop loss due to flooding. Currently, the CORIGAP project team offers improved cropmanagement 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.