Time to boost GAP: Systemic production for Good at All in Agricultural Product of Myanmar
September 8, 2018 Bago Regional Government hosted “Farm based Quality Production and Market Development Forum” with government official, farmer representatives and stake holders together joined the whole day meeting. The key issue is to strengthen farmers let producers organization in the means of Good Agricultural Practices which the Government drive in run ways to ensure production and marketing.
CEA Myanmar partners of FSWG, RDA, NAG, Green Ways and other private sectors share the success and lesson-learn of farmer’s organization and linking to the market. RDA highlighted inclusive model of arming community not only the farmers but also relies the agribusiness groups of women and farm wagers to enable sustainable growth their income and business. RDA also share their experiences about local practices which are women and children in vulnerability. Most of the farmers hire the transplantation into harvesting time, but some hazardous thins of spraying and fertilizer applications do themselves or by their wife and children as family business. It is more dangerous thing that women and children are high risk of vulnerability to become disability or suffering long term diseases like respiratory tract infections and cancer. It should need to address for the awareness raising of the whole farming community to avoid further disability.
Also RDA has opportunity to share the Food Safety intervention of major crops in Bago region over three years operating together with ICCO Cooperation and other private partners. NAG let Magway Regional Farmers Development Association shared the success of Public and private partnership initiated by the Farmers Groups in successful sesame business which profited more after cooperation. Rice GAP and other crops are acknowledge as important thing to be done and work together to get certification with support of Department of Agriculture. Farmers will get GAP Certificates for all major crops of rice and beans in Bago.
Participants including Regional Agricultural Minister U Aung Zaw Naing acknowledge the success of farmers from individual to the group-based action as producers groups in different levels. Department of Trade also shared the potential crops selections based on last year’s data together with the participants. Participant agreed to initiate farmer producers organization to form systematically let by the Regional Government of Bago as a forum output. There suitable crops are also identified together with representative of the farmers and stake holders for coming years.