U Khin Myint; 62-years-old; Farmer; Seed Producer; Treasurer of Farmer Pool
U Khin Myint is one of the seed producers collaborated with the SEED Project of Radanar Ayar. He owned 100 acres of farm and main variety of producing the paddies are paw-hsan-hmway and sin-thwe-latt. Not only for project collaborated production, he practices hand transplantation also in another 10 acres of production. The main constraint for adopting hand transplantation in all farms is the geographical situation of farms – situating in deep-water (flood) areas.
As the benefit of adopting hand transplantation, his farms yield 50 baskets per acre in 2012 Monsoon and 65 baskets per acre (in average) in 2013 Monsoon production [normally 40 baskets per acre for broadcasted farms] for paw-hsan-hmway variety.
Although he has large number of farming acres, he can only grow in monsoon season because of high salinity of water in summer. However, he always wishes for cultivating the paddies in summer season and tested in 2013 summer for 3 acres of sin-thwe-latt variety on his own.According to his request, the technicians from Radanar Ayar had to check after the season. As the result from it, the paddies have large portion of unfilled grains. This is because of some causes: 1) long age period of variety, 2) late cultivation and 3) high intensity of saline water. Then he was suggested to select the shorter-aged variety and to grow earlier as much as possible after monsoon production. And in 2014 summer, U Khin Myint selected thee-htat-yin variety for 3 acres of pilot production.
U Khin Myint said, “As for me, there will have no complaints about the techniques provided by Radanar Ayar. And I understand well about the benefit of hand transplantation not by the words but in practical. Apart from this, there are limitations to expand the areas of hand transplantation as most of the farms are in deep water field. So, I want to expand the season; meaning want to try to cultivate in summer. Then, I tested it in previous summer (2013) and I had some mistakes as I chose the improper variety. In this summer (2014), I will choose thee-htat-yin and try to cultivate earlier. If this can be achieved, I will increase the summer cropping acres in upcoming seasons”.
More than being a farmer, U Khin Myint is also an active member of farmer pool in the village.Apart from the responsibilities of Treasurer in his farmer pool, he also arranges the revolving system of farming machine (thresher) supported by Radanar Ayar. In addition to this, with the great effort of U Khin Myint, the farmer pool of Ka Ma Ka Lu Village could mobilize the village to emerge a hand transplant group consists of 16 members.
“For hand transplanting and roughing, which are the critical parts in seed production or improving the yield and quality of crop, I always try to mobilize the other farmers to practice. As possible, I always visit to the farms to monitor how they are doing. There are about 70 farmers in our village and half of them start to practice hand transplanting at least one acre up to 10 acres per farmer. Although we can hire hand transplant group from other areas, now we have a hand transplant group in our village and hope to solve the labor difficulty for some extent” said by U Khin Myint.