Myanmar hybrid rice seed

Context

There is tremendous potential for growth inherent in Myanmar’s agriculture and rice industry. Untapped potential in crop production is held back by weak infrastructure, underdeveloped technology and use of machinery, a lack of available credit and poor field management and agricultural practices. /Project Description/Jan2017_V2_MyanmarHybridSeedThe country’s rice yield is below the global average of 3.92 metric ton per hectare, and its milling ratio of around 60% is the lowest in Asia. Despite this, Myanmar is the seventh largest rice producer in the world, and has the potential to become one of the largest exporters of rice globally.

The Project

Infra Capital Myanmar, on behalf of InfraCo Asia, aims to pilot a Hybrid Rice Seed Centre and Community Based Organisation (CBO) that combines industry-leading technology with proven best business practices in order to maximise returns for farmers. Despite positive trials, the hybrid seed market in Myanmar is hugely underdeveloped. Commonly, traders import cheap hybrid seeds, to be sold locally for quick profit. These varieties usually result in an inferior yield due to their unsuitability for the local climate.

This project will commercialise a locally proven rice strain developed in Myanmar, with foreign expertise, to improve yield and quality of rice within a selected CBO. The project will introduce more efficient and environmentally sound farm management mechanisms. It will collectivise farmers within a select community with the aim of improving production volumes and the livelihood and living standards of producers; modelling an alternative to the smallholder model of rice production in Myanmar.