October 24, 2017
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Myanmar to boost rice production

  • Category: Economy
File picture from August 17, 2013, where Myanmar farmers are seen gathering rice after harvest in Naypyitaw. Myanmar was once known as the "rice bowl of Asia" but five decades of military rule, economic mismanagement and international isolation have taken a heavy toll on its agriculture sector. AFP PHOTO

Myanmar Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation and International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) will cooperate for the development of Myanmar rice, official media reported Wednesday.

U Myint Hlaing, minister of Agriculture and Irrigation and IRRI 's director-general Dr Robert S Zeigler signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Myanmar Rice Sector Development Strategy and Program, in Nay Pyi Taw on Tuesday, said the New Light of Myanmar.

At the workshop on development of Myanmar agriculture sector, both sides discussed rice research and world food sufficiency priority plan and strategy of Myanmar rice sector, international rice market and Myanmar's and papers on Myanmar rice research and development.

Meanwhile, Myanmar is tasked with supplying 14,000 tons of rice for emergency food for ASEAN countries.

A total of 1.4 million tons of surplus rice were exported last year.

Strenuous efforts are being made for exporting 3 million tons of rice next year.

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