Czech maize thrives in Myanmar soil

Further attempts to grow grains of maize from the Czech Republic within the river basins of the Maykha, Malikha and Ayeyarwady Delta will be made during the coming months of September and October, according to the Myanmar Maize Producers Association (MMPA).
Plans to continue to plant the maize grain samples come after the success of initial tests, to four acres of farmland in each Kayah, Kayin and Shan States on 20 May earlier this year, have reportedly yielded good prospects that export of the maize could break into the European market.
As maize seeds from Myanmar cannot be manufactured in the country, maize grains of the Thai CP company have to be planted instead, but as this grain of maize is absent from the 70 internationally recognized types, it is reportedly cultivated solely for consumption by animals.
“We made an initial test planting of the maize seed samples. Come September 20 acres of land within the Ayeyawady Region will be used for further growing of the maize seeds.” said U Min Khine, chair of the MMPA.
If maize growers within Myanmar were to change to planting a grain of maize on par with international standards, it would undoubtedly open up trade from international markets, while expansion of the domestic market would see an appreciation from the current declining value of maize.
Previously, it would take 45 days from the beginning of planting for maize plants to start to sprout corn, whereas the recently test planted Czech Republic maize grain samples have reportedly flourished within just 30 days, half the time of grain currently employed by the majority of maize farmers in Myanmar.
“The flourishing of our crops is good. The extent of crop outputs must be monitored. I believe that the outputs [of the Czech maize variety] will be good.” said U Myint Maung, a maize farmer from Loikaw, the capital of Kayah State.
The MMPA is reportedly making connections with markets in the European countries of the Netherlands, Italy, German and Belgium, together with the African countries of Kenya and South Africa, in a bid to expand the current maize market in Myanmar.— Myitmakha News Agency

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