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Press Release

June 22, 2017

Signing Record of Discussion (R/D) for "The Project for Improvement of Accessibility of Rice Certified Seed"

On 22th June, 2017 (Thursday), the Signing Ceremony for Record of Discussion (R/D) for "The Project for Improvement of Accessibility of Rice Certified Seed" was conducted at Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation (MOALI), Nay Pyi Taw.

Dr. Aung Thu, Union Minister for Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation, Dr. Tint Htut, Permanent Secretary, Director Generals and other senior officials from MOALI and Mr. Masayuki KARASAWA, Chief Representative of JICA Myanmar office attended the ceremony.

The project aims to increase the farmers' accessibility to rice certified seed (CS) in the Shwebo District, Sagaing Region and Ayeyarwady Region in order to improve the productivity and quality of rice in the area.

To utilize quality seed is an effective way to improve both productivity and quality of paddy, which enable the mass production of uniformed grain rice with export quality. However, the current seed production which fulfilled the CS standard does not meet the demand from the paddy producers.

The project will support the government's agricultural extension service and seed laboratory to improve Certified Seed production with a practice of field inspection and laboratory test. For further promotion of certified seed production, the project will also coordinate Public-Private-Partnership involving rice millers and other rice market stakeholders to promote the awareness of advantages of certified seed utilization and high potential of milling output for the competitiveness in global market in line with national Export Strategy.

The project will be implemented under the technical cooperation scheme of Japan Cooperation Agency (JICA) from October, 2017 for 5 years and 6 months.

PhotoAt Signing Ceremony

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