The CESD recently organised a visit to Taungyyi in Shan State this month to facilitate discussions with the Shan State Regional Government along with other project partners including Impact Terra as part of the Smart Agriculture Myanmar (SAM) Project. The SAM Project is currently being implemented with Impact Terra as the lead partner along with the CESD, Satelligence, Financial Access and Wagenigen University in the Netherlands to bring about digital solutions to enhance the productivity and livelihoods for farmers in Myanmar.
Through the use of the Shwe Thee Nhan (Golden Paddy) mobile application, the SAM Project aims to collect data from farmers in return for customized agricultural advise besides providing farmers to access market prices, good quality inputs and credit to finance their agricultural needs. The app includes the ability to provide early detection, warnings and advice concerning regular problems that farmers face in the sector. The application will work towards facilitating improved livelihoods, increasing economic development, relaying information on efficient agricultural production methods, as well as providing support for extreme weather conditions and natural catastrophes.
The meeting encouraged feedback from various stakeholders, including U Sai Lon Kyaw, Regional Minister of the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, and Irrigation (MoALI) for Shan State, Shan State Regional Ministry of Commerce, Shan State Regional Ministry of Planning and Finance, Shan State Regional Directorate of Investment and Company Administration (DICA), Shan State Regional Consumer Protection Department, as well as representatives of farmers, traders, and entrepreneurs. The meeting was also attended by representatives from the Netherlands Space Office, Government of the Netherlands who supports the project with technical and financial assistance.