Dutch Vegetable Sector Support Myanmar

Working together to improve vegetable production, storage and marketing

Vegetable Impact Cluster Myanmar

We work with farmers, traders and other supply chain partners and test and demonstrate the effects of different production, storage and marketing improvements

Vegetable Sector Capacity Building Myanmar

With our capacity building programme we will reach at least 250,000 smallholder vegetable farmers

Background

There are nearly one million households in Myanmar that grow horticultural crops. Some rural households only produce for their own consumption. A growing number of farmers see vegetable production also as an important source of income. The domestic demand for quality vegetables is increasing. There are also opportunities for exports.

Several leading horticultural companies together with experts of Wageningen University and Research from the Netherlands support the commercial growth and development of the vegetable sector in Myanmar.

The Government of the Netherlands provides financial support.

Their common goal is to become a trusted partner of vegetable growers, input suppliers, traders, extension services and other public and private stakeholders in the Myanmar vegetable sector. Together they can assist in realising the commercial growth potential of the sector and raise productivity and income of male and female vegetable growers.

What do we do?

Our support mainly covers two types of activities:

  • Pilots – we work together with farmers, traders and other supply chain partners and test and demonstrate the effects of different cultivation and supply improvements. We do this in four different vegetable supply chains. The focus is on vegetable cultivation improvements, value adding activities and supply chain efficiency. We measure the effects on the income of growers and other supply chain partners.
    The four pilots relate to:

    1. the improved production, storage and marketing of onions to the domestic markets and to other ASEAN countries;
    2. the cultivation and marketing of out-of-season and new grades of tomatoes for the domestic market;
    3. establishment of a dedicated supply chain of quality mung bean to the EU sprouted bean industry;
    4. substitution of imported carrots with domestic product.
  • Capacity building – led by experts of Wageningen University & Research we assist with the development a vegetable farmer knowledge network. By the end of the project in 2019 we want to have reached out to 250.000 – 500.000 vegetable farmers. The aim is to provide vegetable growers with practical knowledge and the skills needed for sustainable and profitable vegetable production.

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Partners

Advance Consulting BV

Advance Consulting is a Dutch business advisory firm that assists companies with investments in emerging economies and advises Government agencies and development organisations on inclusive business development in Asia, Africa and Latin America. Advance Consulting is responsible for the coordination and monitoring of the vegetable pilot activities.

Bejo Zaden BV

Bejo is a Dutch seed business with a wide variety of quality vegetable seeds. The company is involved in breeding, production, processing and marketing of quality vegetable seeds and will support the onion and carrot pilot with seeds and technical assistance on the cultivation of a quality product.

East-West Seed Group

East-West Seed is an internationally operating seed breeding and marketing company with its roots in Enkhuizen, the Netherlands. East West Seed produces and sells premium quality hybrid and open pollinated seeds for all major tropical vegetable crops and severable pulses. The company will contribute with seeds, technical support and extension services for the pilots related to onions, open field tomatoes and mung bean.

Evers Specials BV

Evers Specials is Europe’s largest producer of sprouted beans. Based in the Netherlands Evers supplies freshly produced sprouted beans to supermarkets, restaurants and wholesale in North-West Europe. Evers Specials is member of the European Sprouted Seeds Association (ESSA) and will be involved as buying agent and technical advisor on quality and traceability issues in the mung bean pilot programme.

Impact Terra Pte. Ltd.

Impact Terra is a Dutch-owned social enterprise active in Myanmar which develops and implements digital solutions for (smallholder) farmers, agribusinesses and other stakeholders involved in agriculture. The company has developed the free Golden Paddy Platform, which provides access to agriculture and market information to smallholder farmers through its app, website and Facebook.

Omnivent Techniek BV

Omnivent is specialised in the development, manufacturing and installation of modern ventilation and climate control technologies for the storage of arable products such as potatoes, carrots and onions. It is a Dutch company with branches in different parts of the world. Omnivent will provide technical support on post-harvest handling and storage of onions and carrots.

Orgaworld Asia

Orgaworld Asia is a Dutch company active in Asia specialized in the conversion and valorization of organic residues into high-end valuable and marketable products and sustainable energy solutions. As part of the project, the Myanmar branch of Orgaworld Asia will supply specialty bio-fertilizers to be used in a selection of the pilot projects.

Wageningen Plant Research

Wageningen Plant Research (WPR) combines knowledge and expertise in all fields of plant sciences. With this, WPR offers new perspectives for sustainable agriculture to our clients and partners from e.g. industry, governments, research institutes and universities. In the Myanmar Vegetable Sector Support programme the WPR experts share this know how on sustainable agronomic improvements and lead the capacity building activities.

Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands

The Agricultural Office at the Dutch embassy in Yangon provides networking and organisational support to visiting companies and ensures that linkages are established and maintained between Myanmar and Dutch stakeholders in the vegetable sector.

RVO

The Netherlands Enterprise Agency (Rijksdienst voor Ondernemend Nederland) encourages entrepreneurs in sustainable, agrarian, innovative and international business. RVO provides 50% co-funding for the pilot activities implemented with support from the private sector partners. In addition RVO sponsors the capacity building activities lead by Wageningen Plant Research.