Myanmar experts push ASEAN Guidelines on Soil and Nutrient Management

Writer: Rojana Manowalailao, ASEAN Sustainable Agrifood Systems

About 40 national experts in Myanmar recently gathered in the 2nd Meeting of National Soil and Nutrient Management (SNM) Expert Group for ASEAN Guidelines on Soil and Nutrient Management in Yangon, Myanmar on 25 August 2016. The Meeting aimed to discuss soil and nutrient issues in the country as part of the development of the ASEAN Guidelines on SNM. The issues discussed included soil data, land use constraint, and good soil and nutrient management in Myanmar and ASEAN.

Mr. Soe Win, Director of Land Use Division, on behalf of Director General, Department of Agriculture delivered the opening remarks. He stated that Soil and Nutrient Management (SNM) practices played a vital role to ensure the long-term food security and malnutrition in Myanmar as well as other ASEAN Member State. For this reason, he said that the most important step was to craft the ASEAN SNM Guidelines, which included appropriate SNM technologies for ASEAN region by integrating the ideas of regional and national soil experts.

Mr. Soe Win also welcomed and suggested all participants to put comments and discuss their options freely on the draft ASEAN SNM Guidelines.

The meeting was comprised of SNM experts from Land Use Division, Department of Agricultural Research and Yezin Agricultural University from Yangon and also other States and Divisions as well as the Union of Myanmar Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry, private sector, and coordinator from the ASEAN Sustainable Agrofood Systems project.

It was hosted by the Land Use Division, Department of Agriculture, Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation.

For more details, please read the Summary Report of the 2nd Meeting of National Soil and Nutrient Management Expert Group for ASEAN Guidelines on Soil and Nutrient Management Click here

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