• Myanmar farm devt gets boost

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    THE Asian Development Bank (ADB) has expressed interest in the Institutional Development Assistance of the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (Searca) to Yezin Agricultural University (YAU) of Myanmar in view of its plans for long-term sustainable investment, particularly in academic institutions.

    This was relayed by Dr. Lourdes Adriano, advisor and concurrently practice leader of Agriculture, Rural Development and Food Security Unit, Regional and Sustainable Development Department of ADB, during her visit to the Searca headquarters in Los BaÒos, Laguna, early this month.

    Searca Director Gil Saguiguit Jr. said that the agency’s assistance to YAU is focused on the development of its education, research and extension programs. In this connection, Searca organized a Strategic Planning Workshop for YAU held at its headquarters in Los BaÒos, Laguna, in March 2013 to help the university in Myanmar craft its strategic development plan titled “Future Directions of YAU: Human Resources, Technological Innovations and Service 2013-2030.”

    He emphasized that Searca is assisting YAU in developing its capacities to effectively service the Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation in Myanmar in implementing the agency’s Nine-Point Reform Agenda for agricultural development. This includes reforms for land management and administration, advanced agriculture practices and seed industry, water resources management, agricultural mechanization, advanced agro-based industry, human resource development, research and technology development, credit services and market information service.

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