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Soil and Land Management

Farming system diversification and nutrient management options for pulse-based cropping in Myanmar

Project Code: SMCN/2016/051
Budget:
A$130,000
Research Program Manager: Dr. James Quilty
Project Leader: Allan Peake - Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)
Duration:
DEC 2016
APR 2018
Project Status: Concluded

Overview

The project aimed to investigate whether Myanmar's cropping systems could include diversified crops (such as sorghum, millet and wheat), and how to manage nutrients including fertilisers.

It did so in the context of a perceived climate change in the Central Dry Zone.

Agriculture is important for Myanmar's economy, but yields and labour productivity are low. Farmers need technologies that improve productivity in these cropping systems. Broadleaf crops - such as pulses and sesame, which are mainly grown for export - dominate cropping systems in the Central Dry Zone. Diversifying crop species and nutrient management may improve the productivity and profitability of these systems.

This small research activity reviewed the literature, interview Australian scientists working in Myanmar, and visited local researchers and stakeholders to identify researchable issues and priorities, identify potential collaborators, and evaluate the opportunity for further investment.