Category Archives: Issue: Agricultural Production

AFFM trains farmer members on mushroom production

With increasing demand from restaurants and wholesalers, mushroom holds a lot of potential for small farmers in Myanmar.

Last May 6, farmers from Tedim township farmers unions involving 10 villages in Chin underwent a training on mushroom growing.

The training was organized by AFFM and its partner NEED, with Executive Director Khaing Dhu Wan as facilitator.

The one-day training allowed the farmers to learn about permarculture ethic and principles and sustainable agriculture livelihood security.

“This practical agricultural training is very important because farmers lack technical knowledge on how to grow straw mushroom or other mushroom varieties, how to produce them for the market, and how to add value to their agricultural products,” AFFM staff Tichia Pan said.

Mushroom is beneficial to farmers as a source of quick income .

On the other hand, farmers also need to learn how to form production clusters for different commodities like rice, beans, coffee and tea.

These can be the subject for a future training.

(With report and photos from Tichia Pan of AFFM)

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News Digest: South Korea’s Agricultural Exports Reach $5.8 Billion In 2010, As Confidence In Product Quality Increases

Better quality control and more demand from abroad pushed South Korea’s agricultural exports to a record $5.8 billion in 2010. The Ministry of Food, Forestry, and Fisheries cited the export of ginseng, dried laver, beverages and processed food as the main drivers of the 22.3 percent growth in exports over 2009’s US$4.81 billion. Tuna, sugar, and tobacco were among the 10 export products that went beyond the US$100 million mark, again topping 2009’s 8 products. With Japan as its biggest market for farm exports at US$1.8 billion, followed by China at US$786.7 million and ASEAN at US$719.8 million, South Korea’s exports of other products such as strawberries, flowers, mushrooms, and oysters also increased at double-digits, while traditional rice wine makgeolli, kimchi, and citron tea products also grew quickly. It aims to grow exports again by 29 percent in 2011 to reach US$7.6 billion, as confidence in South Korean product quality continues to improve.

Source: Financial Chronicle, January 4, 2011