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Officials from the Agricultural Department conducts agricultural training courses in cooperation with the Japan International Cooperation Agency. Photo: Tin Win Zaw (Minthargyi)
Officials from the Agricultural Department conducts agricultural training courses in cooperation with the Japan International Cooperation Agency. Photo: Tin Win Zaw (Minthargyi)

The Agricultural Department has been conducting agricultural training courses to teach about agricultural technology, in cooperation with the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA PROFIA), in order to promote the quality and yield of mainly paddy crops, through the assistance of the agricultural staff.
Experts from JICA PROFIA provided training courses on laboratory experimentation technology in sowing high quality seeds for those staff, who will, themselves, teach about harvesting technology and grain quality at the Deputy Divisional Agriculture Head’s Office in Pyay Town from 16 to 18 September.
“The training courses are being conducted with an aim to distribute agricultural related technology to local farmers through the agricultural staff, in order to promote the quality and the yield of crops. By providing the training, crop productivity will be high and the living standard of local farmers will be developed,” said U Myo Win, head of the Deputy Divisional Agriculture Office in Pyay Town.
The agricultural department and the JICA project is working to convert the harvesting technology and grain quality laboratory, which was opened in 2017, inito a seed quality laboratory to begin operating in November
2019.
“By upgrading, the laboratory can become one which can issue recommendation certificates and check seed quality, as well as the quality of local farmers’ crops. So, we are providing training courses on taking samples from the crop system, fumigation techniques, storage systems and checking seed quality technology with the agriculture staff,” said U Sai Aung Kyaing from JICA.
“The role of quality is the main factor in the crop production sector. We need a good quality seed to promote the crops’ quality. JICA provided a three-day training course to the staff from the agricultural department in order to conduct the systematic checking of crops and the quality of seeds,” said Mr. Hiruta from JICA.—Tin Win Zaw (Minthargyi) (Translated by Hay Mar)

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