Agriculture

Agricultural production

Mekong farmers make organic switch to improve business

More and more farmers and entrepreneurs in the Mekong Delta are realising that new organic farming models help increase their income. Since the 2017–18 winter-spring crop, the My Dong Agricultural Coop No2 (in Dong Thap province’s Thap Muoi district) has been collaborating with Rynan Smart Fertilisers ...

Rural poor squeezed by land concessions in Mekong region - report

Companies acquired concessions amounting to the size of a small European country, while rural residents of Southeast Asia’s Mekong region saw their landholdings shrink or disappear over the past two decades, according to researchers. More than 5.1 million hectares of land – an area larger than ...

Pushing GMS food up the value chain

Conditions are ripe for the Greater Mekong Subregion to embrace sustainable agriculture and become a source of environmentally friendly produce. ADB’s Pavit Ramachandran discusses the barriers to this goal and how to overcome them.Keep reading ...

Pavit Ramachandran

ADB, Lao PDR sign agreement to enhance sanitary, phytosanitary management systems

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Government of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic (Lao PDR) signed an agreement on 13 November for a $10 million grant as additional financing for a project that will enhance Lao PDR’s sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) capacity, and improve ...

The FINANCIAL Reporter

MBI programme fosters ag startups

The Mekong Business Initiative (MBI) launched a new startup accelerator programme aimed at enhancing the competitiveness of the agriculture sector in the Mekong region, with specific focuses on international companies eyeing expansion and early-stage local agritech startups, the head of the initiative said yesterday.Keep reading ...

Robin Spiess

Myanmar govt to redistribute vacant land

The Myanmar government is developing a plan to redistribute vacant or fallow plots of land to rural landless people willing to farm the land.The Union Minister for Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation Dr. Aung Thu told The Irrawaddy on Monday the government had obtained US$4.19 million ...

Htet Naing Zaw

APEC exhibition on agriculturure and advanced agro-technologies opens in Cần Thơ

Six APEC economies are displaying agricultural products and advanced agri-production technologies required to address food security and sustainably develop agriculture at an exhibition that opened in Cần Thơ City today (August 21). Besides Việt Nam, the others are Japan, Australia, the US, China, and Taiwan. ...

Thailand 4.0 may see 23m redundant

Some 23 million unskilled and semi-skilled labourers in the agricultural and industrial sectors are at risk of becoming unemployed once implementation of high technology and innovation in production hit their stride. Read more ...

Myanmar can raise value, volume of agriculture exports by going organic

Myanmar has potential to develop an organic market that will help to boost the value of local crops produced for export purposes and farmers’ standards of living. In fact, farmers in Myanmar already use less chemical fertilisers and pesticides compared to their neighbours, yet many are ...

Local organic production growth predicted via guarantee system

Lao small-scale farmers can now access Participatory Guarantee Systems (PGS), to help them to increase the supply of quality organic produ cts to the local market. United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) Regional Officer for Asia and the Pacific Ms Mayling Flores Rojas said ...

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