The provision of a wide-array of farming-related information to the peasants in real time is the most basic requirement for the development of the agricultural sector of Myanmar. But the work of choosing an information sharing system in a developing country like Myanmar is indeed a challenge.
When we study the experiences of other developing countries in dong this job, we have found cell phones as the most effective tool for sending information to farmers. As Myanmar is experiencing the wider use of cell phones, we should seriously take into consideration the method of applying these gadgets as a tool in distributing information all over the country.
In it’s efforts to fulfill this national requirement, the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation organized a workshop with the participation of the Myanmar Agriculture Network-MAN. The workshop was held in Yezin in Nay Pyi Taw Council Area. The workshop focused on highlighting the importance of information and communications technology in disseminating the agricultural knowledge on a wider scale.
In fact, the Agriculture Department has made the right decision in choosing MAN as its partner in the project of sharing knowledge on farming. In 2013, the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation formed the MAN with the involvement of local and foreign business organizations in addition to the related bodies. MAN with the participation of all its members and related and sister organizations is striving for generating food-related opportunities and increasing investments in the country. It is also in the mission of protecting and conserving the natural environment, ensuring sustainable development of the agriculture sector and sharing benefits to all stakeholders.
In the initial stage the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation will draw a plan to implement the Myanmar Seed Portal that will send information on seeds in real time and the Global Market Information Portal for fulfilling the domestic demand and export promotion.
We all understand that the effort for further development of the agricultural sector in all aspects is a national requirement.
In this regard, the Global New Light of Myanmar hails the joint efforts of the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation and the Myanmar Agriculture Network-MAN to fulfill this national requirement.