Contract farming to begin in Ayeyawady, Bago, Yangon and Mandalay

Contract farming will begin on 60,000 acres in Ayeywady Region, and 30,000 acres each in Bago, Yangon and Mandalay totaling about 150,000 acres during the upcoming rainy season, said Ye Min Aung, general secretary of the Myanmar Rice Federation (MRF).

Rice millers, rice merchants and rice companies can put forward contract farming planS to the MRF including the regions and acreages they wish.

The MRF said that tripartite participation is of great importance. Tripartite means the government, farmers and companies. The participants must follow the provisions contained in the agreement of the protection and promotion of farmers’ rights and interests. The MRF submitted standardisations and rules to the government.

The MRF will arrange necessary technical and financial supports to rice millers, rice merchants and rice companies. Myanmar expects that it will export 2 million tonnes of rice to foreign countries in 2017-2018 fiscal years. So as to meet with this target, the MRF will try contract farming and integrated farming systems in collaboration with the government, farmers and companies.

Source: Eleven Myanmar

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