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Report: implications of a price support scheme for agricultural products in Myanmar

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The parliament of Myanmar considered a draft bill intended to improve the economic welfare of farmers by establishing a price support scheme for their products, as well as improving access to credit, inputs and technical assistance.

MDRI-CESD partnered with the School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University (USA) to examine the risks and implications of the first component of this law, the price support schemes.

The published report focuses on the affects of a proposed price support scheme on the rice sector, Myanmar’s main crop.

The report concludes that a price support scheme would not lead to increased competitiveness or productivity in the rice sector. Rather, fiscal resources would be better used to improve farmers’ access to credit, and public investment in infrastructure, including irrigation, roads, access to electricity, agricultural research and extension services.

Publication name: Working Paper: Implications of a price support scheme for agricultural products in Myanmar

Author(s): Lili Illanes, Andrea Smurra, Seng Khem, Ngu Wah, Masa Yatake, Talia Smith

Publication date: July 2013

Language(s): English

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