Marketing and Profitability of crops in Pyawt Ywar Pump Irrigation Project

Kumara Charyulu, D and Thu, M and Oo, M (2018) Marketing and Profitability of crops in Pyawt Ywar Pump Irrigation Project. Technical Report. ICRISAT, Patancheru, Hyderabad.

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Research Program : Innovation Systems for the Drylands (ISD)

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Rehabilitation of Pyawt Ywar scheme presents an exceptional opportunity to simultaneously redesign or upgrade the infrastructure, improve the irrigation operations and maintenance regime, establish economically viable cropping and management systems, and introduce innovative irrigation approaches that will support new forms of crop production. Livelihoods and Food Security Trust Fund (LIFT) of Myanmar has provided necessary financial support for undertaking this rehabilitation activity to International Water Management Institute and other project stakeholders (ICRISAT, WHH and National Engineering and Planning Services). The present study was undertaken as a part of achieving project output 3: improved market opportunities in the PYPIP area. Assessing the extent of marketable surplus among different crops, mapping of major marketing channels and estimating the price spread, identification of key issues in marketing and potential value-addition opportunities etc. were the major objectives of the current study. Overall, the agricultural marketing system in the country is in primitive stage. Role of local trader or middle men is inevitable in marketing of any commodity. The extent of awareness about commodity prices is very poor among producers because of lack of access to information. Often farmers’ face distress sales due to financial needs and absence of public storage facilities. The extent of marketable surplus among study crops is very high (>80%) and they are highly dependent on markets for their disposal. The commodity-wise standards, processing and value addition etc. were almost absent across commodities. Relatively, the marketing efficiency is high for dry grains when compared with fruits and vegetables. Strengthening of public/private storage facilities and providing pledge loan facilities is the need of the hour to protect the interest of the farmers. Promotion of grain processing and value addition opportunities through involvement of farmer collectives or commodity groups will enhance price realization and incomes of farmers. Finally, Government of Myanmar should focus more on creating price awareness, commodity research and price advocacy to farmers.

Item Type: Monograph (Technical Report)
Divisions: Research Program : Innovation Systems for the Drylands (ISD)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Irrigation Project, Agricultural marketing system, Myanmar, market
Subjects: Others > Agricultural Marketing
Others > Irrigation
Others > Asia
Depositing User: Mr Ramesh K
Date Deposited: 25 Jan 2019 12:07
Last Modified: 03 Jul 2019 08:35
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