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

The project will investigate whether Myanmar's cropping systems can include diversified crops (such as sorghum, millet and wheat), and how to manage nutrients including fertilisers. It will do 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 will review the literature, interview Australian scientists working in Myanmar, and visit local researchers and stakeholders to identify researchable issues and priorities, identify potential collaborators, and evaluate the opportunity for further investment.
The project will produce a report that reviews research needs and opportunities and an analysis of the benefits of the main options.