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Postharvest Technology: Efforts To Reduce Agricultural Losses

13 June 2018

Myanmar-Vietnam-Korea Triangular Cooperative Symposium on Postharvest Management and Technology for Promotion of Marketing Activities for Fresh Agricultural Products took place in Nay Pyi Taw on Wednesday.

The Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation is putting more efforts in food security and safety, rural development and sustainable economy development for the farmers, producers and exporters.

Despite these efforts, it still needs to develop postharvest technology to reduce the agricultural losses. At present, postharvest losses of agricultural commodities are ranging from 18-42%. The official pointed out the need to apply postharvest technology at farm level to the whole marketing channels.

Chairman, Agriculture, Livestock and Rural Development Committee, Yan Lin said “It is the production technique of agricultural products. It is essential to implement this technology for the products since its harvest till to the market. If we constantly implement this technique, we can produce quality products in abundant of quantities.”

Myanmar has established Postharvest Research Institute (PHRI) with the assistance of Korea Government. This two-day symposium is one the major activities of PHRI for the promotion of its activities and future plans.  The experts from Myanmar, Korea and Vietnam shared knowledge on 5 thematic areas including marketing channel and value chain situations, postharvest handling system and technology, quality and safety management system, and activities of government and private sectors.

Principal, Postharvest Research Institute, Dr. Hla Hla Myint said “Postharvest technology is important for every country. If we can reduce the waste of harvested agricultural produces, we can get quality products abundantly for food sufficiency.”

Total export earnings of fresh horticultural produces increased from 55 million US dollars in 2010 to 141 million US dollars in 2017. Most of the agricultural products are being exported mainly to China, as well as Singapore and Ukraine.

Plans are underway to export Japan and Korea markets.