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:
- the improved production, storage and marketing of onions to the domestic markets and to other ASEAN countries;
- the cultivation and marketing of out-of-season and new grades of tomatoes for the domestic market;
- establishment of a dedicated supply chain of quality mung bean to the EU sprouted bean industry;
- 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.
The Dutch company Kramer develops sowing, planting, and harvesting machines for both mechanical and manual usage. Kramer's ProSeeder had been introduced in Myanmar in 2017, during the first onion pilot of Bejo, and appeared a great success. The ProSeeder is a manual...read more
East West Seeds (EWS), one of the VegImpact project partners, reported on its tomato and onion pilots for the year 2017-2018. EWS' first year tomato pilot consisted of the testing of two hybrid tomato cultivars combined with improved farming practices.The onion pilot...read more
Omnivent Techniek, one of the VegImpact project partners, has recently sent two onion storage systems to Myanmar. After having visited several onion traders in Myanmar in August 2018 (see Figure 1), VegImpact and Omnivent agreed with two traders in the Myingyan and...read more
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.
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.