Agriculture

Agricultural management systems and technologies

Upgrading aging irrigation system will be a win for farmers and govt

Myanmar’s food future hinges on ensuring access to water, especially in times of worsening drought. This is especially true in the central dry zone – the country’s most water-stressed region.  Rainfall is often highly erratic, and many areas have been seeing less and less in recent years. ...

Petra Schmitter

Harnessing Salween River: Settlement through confrontation or cooperation?

Myitsone Dam project is well known for its controversial impact on Myanmar’s political landscape, as it involves on and off pressure from China to restart the project in line with the signed contract as soon as possible. But what is less prominent is the controversy over ...

Sai Wansai

VN aims to become global agriculture powerhouse

Việt Nam is pursuing an ambitious plan to become a global agricultural powerhouse by 2030, according to Government Resolution 53/NQ-CP. The resolution stipulates that Việt Nam must aim to rank among the world’s top 15 most developed agricultural countries and a global hub for agricultural logistics ...

Farmers need new skills, technology and research to become international

For Cambodia to reach its full potential in agriculture, it needs more investment, diversification in crops, access to new technology, more research and development on related products, the full mechanisation of rice cultivation and plain, old-fashioned cash. That was the view of stakeholders at an agriculture ...

Sok Chan

Thai rice farmers shun pesticides and fight climate change

Battling drought, debt and ailments blamed on pesticides, rice farmers in northern Thailand have turned to eco-friendly growing methods despite powerful agribusiness interests in a country that is one of the top exporters of the grain in the world. Walking through a sea of green waist-high ...

Mekong Delta provinces take steps to control saltwater intrusion

Authorities in provinces in the Mekong Delta and Can Tho city are dredging irrigation works and storing fresh water to cope with saltwater intrusion during the dry season. Saltwater intrusion is expected to be more severe this year because of low flooding levels and lower than usual rainfall during the ...

Public hearing reveals 75 per cent are against 3 chemicals ban

The ban on 3 agrochemical substances namely Paraquat, Chlorpyrifos and Glyphosate as passed by the Hazardous Substance Committee’s resolution on October 22 will come into full effect on December 1, according to the order of Department of Agriculture (DOA) announced in government gazette on November ...

Low-carbon farming the ‘NAMA’ way

More than 300 farmers gathered in a rice field in Suphan Buri province’s Baan Hua Mai Sung community rice centre to gain more experience and knowledge in earth-friendly farming practices during the Thai Rice NAMA Project’s kickoff event. Speaking at the opening ceremony, Doojduan Sasanavin, Deputy ...

Jirapan Boonnoon

Flood Warning as China Opens Floodgates on Mekong River Dams

Villagers living near the Mekong River in Chiang Rai Thailand and Laos are finding it difficult to cope with sudden releases of water from dams upstream in China. More than 200 families living in Laos’ Bokeo province have suffered because of sudden increases in the height ...

Debt and misery stalk the delta’s salt farms

Life’s hard for the salt farming communities in the far south of Ayeyarwady Region, where services are basic, food is scarce and debt is never-ending. It’s a 90-minute motorbike journey south from the Ayeyarwady delta town of Labutta before you get the first glimpses of the ...

Kyaw Lin Htoon

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