Agricultural service centres to be established in 33 places within four years

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Rice farmers loading a small truck with sack of rice at work harversting rice near Kangyidauk Township in Ayeyawady Region.

Agricultural service centres will be established in 33 sites in states and regions within four years, said an official from the Myanmar Rice Federation (MRF).
The agricultural service centre will be set up with an aim to provide services to local farmers and to develop the farming sector and rice sector.
“We have already requested that private companies provide loans to implement the project in 33 places”, said U Ye Min Aung, the general secretary from MRF. The agricultural service centres will distribute pedigree seeds for local farmers, build goduwns for storing crops and rice drying machines in the post-harvest period, provide transplanting machines, tractors and harvesting and threshing machines, implement a contract farming system, distribute and sell fertilizer, rice milling and generations of electricity from rice husks. The agricultural service centres will be set up with the open tender system. An estimated cost of the project is US$12.148 million. A total of 33 projects will cost US$400.884 million.


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