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Agronomy Services

Farmers in Myanmar were isolated for decades without access to basic farming advances. Now that the country has opened, they are eager to catch up. We’re filling the gap by offering agronomy services through new, low-cost channels.

Farming knowledge is power

Pest-free fields, cash-full coffers

Farming is an extremely complex activity that requires making hundreds of decisions throughout the cropping cycle. Traditional farm extension is delivered through the public sector but has limited availability in Myanmar. Because vital agronomy knowledge is lacking, Myanmar has some of the lowest yields in the world. On top of it all, farmers are on the front lines of climate change, facing higher risks of losing their crops due to extreme weather patterns.

To combat this, we offer a set of agronomy services that are practical, low-cost and result in higher yields and reduced risk.

Yetagon Farm Advisory Services

Transformational techniques

We provide a range of services to support farmers throughout the growing season. These specialized services include techniques for seed selection, soil health, fertilizer usage, and pest and disease management. Through these services, we teach farmers simple and best-fit techniques that will help them and their families for generations to come.

  • Rice Seed Selection
  • Precision Seeding
  • Fertilizer Management
  • Double Rice Cropping
  • Crop Protection
  • Soil Health Diagnostic Service

Rice Seed Selection

Myanmar farmers typically save their rice seeds from season to season. This service helps them select only the best. It’s as simple as placing the seeds in a saltwater mixture — the good-quality seeds sink to the bottom while the bad ones float to the top.

Average Yield Increase: 10-15%
Available Since: 2011

Paddy to Plate

Foundational research

6 designers. 19,227 photos. 120 ethnographic interviews. 500+ miles on motorbikes.

We teamed up with Studio D Radiodurans to explore the current state of rice farming and uncover new opportunities for supporting Myanmar’s smallholder farmers. The result is our book, Paddy to Plate. These in-depth insights drive the design of our agronomy services to meet the needs and contexts of our customers.

Explore Myanmar's rice ecosystem

Resilience after the storm

How our agronomy services began

A few months after Cyclone Nargis hit in May 2008, farmers in the Delta region began planting another season of rice, in hopes that they would regain some of their income for the year. Unfortunately, this new crop was destroyed by a pest infestation that none of the thousands of farmers hit, knew how to stop. They were left on their own.

Our advisory services were born in response to this natural disaster. These services are designed to increase yields, and in turn, farmers’ incomes.

 

Meeting farmers where they are

Many rural families in Myanmar live in remote places, which affects their ability to access the most up-to-date farming advisory support. So we bring it to them. We deliver our services through a network of over 100 field agronomists who travel on boats, buses and motorbikes to reach hundreds of villages.

We’re always aiming to make it easier for farmers to access knowledge. To provide services at lower costs and leverage the in-person trust we’ve built, we also use text messaging as a digital channel. This delivers timely, targeted knowledge straight to farmers’ phones.

Rice fields and grapevines

80% of our customers share what they learn from our services with others in their communities, leading to lasting scalable impact beyond the reach of our staff.

His acres are the best in the village now. Everyone asks him for advice!

- U Tin Oo, neighbor of our customer, U Khin Maung Than, Aye Ywar Village

Yetagon Farm Advisory Services by the numbers
29 rice growing townships

Total townships served

66,244 Active adopters

Technique adopters in the last two years

79,000 Adopters

Target for FY2019

494 Dollars

Annual average income increase per adopter

The farm advisory squad

Agronomists, soil scientists, farmers and technologists make up the 190-member team supporting farmers throughout the season in over 2,800 villages nationwide.

Here are just a few of our team leaders: Man Cha Koe, Sann Aung Thu, Theint Darli Soe, Tun Min Latt, Paing Hein Htet, Sandar Kyay Mone and Phyu Hninn Nyein.