Frank Joosten of Advance Consulting presented the main objectives and planned activities of the Dutch Vegetable Sector Support programme during the meeting of the VSAT core group. He explained that the programme started in early 2017 and has two complementary sets of activities: pilots in different vegetable supply chains (Veg Impact) and capacity building activities (Veg Cap).

The pilots planned for 2017 include the following:

  • Magway region:
    – Production and supply improvements tomatoes
    – Onion production and storage improvements
  • Miyngyan region:
    – Testing improved cultivars under local conditions
    – Improving storage
  • Yangon Delta (Thongwa & Khayan):
    – Mung bean production improvements and supplies for exports to EU for sprouted bean production.

Related to the planned capacity building activities Frank informed the VSAT Core Group that the experts of Wageningen Plant Research have developed the programme and that selection of the first group of participants has started. The first training of trainers workshop is planned for after August 2017.

The meeting of the VSAT Core Group was held on the day after the third Vegetable Sector Round Table meeting at the Thingaha Hotel in Nay Pyi Taw. U Tin Htut Oo, VSAT Chair, encouraged the implementers of the Dutch Vegetable Sector Support Programme to work closely with Myanmar companies. The meeting agreed that the VSAT would be a good network for coordination and sharing information on progress and impact.