On 11 May last, alongside other members of the Delta Livelihood Network, GRET organised a seed fair in Bogale, in the Ayeyarwady Delta in Myanmar. This event aimed to enable farmers to promote their seeds and share experiences with the various producers from the region.
GRET has been working since 2015 with rice-growers in the Delta to improve access to quality seeds in the area. Last season, GRET and its partner Welthungerhilfe supported 58 PGS certified quality rice seed producers.
The fair in Bogale brought together approximately 200 visitors, producers, local & international NGOs, members of government and stakeholders from the private sector. The farmers were able to sell their seeds, explain their production and certification methods, and participate in various side events. Several subjects were covered, such as the importance of local quality seed production for rice growing, the food situation in the country, possible outlets for producers, the risks of contract farming, and opportunities for farmers to continue producing seeds themselves in the near future. The Green Way organisation also presented its mobile application providing free access to advice and technical farming articles online, to weather information, information on variations in rice prices in Myanmar, and a contact list with the details of governmental agricultural advisers.
This fair was an opportunity for farmers and NGOs to share experiences and technical information, as well as to promote locally produced seeds and facilitate synergies between the various stakeholders present in the Ayeyarwady Delta.
More information on the project (in English)