This chapter includes the following articles.
While it has gradually reaped the rewards of diversification efforts to end overreliance on rice, Myanmar’s agriculture sector is now at a crucial juncture. Although progress has been made, structural impediments continue to weigh on farming output. However, a new development strategy is expected to enhance sector monitoring, boost production, and improve the industry’s regional and global competitiveness. Investment in infrastructure and processing capacity has the potential to transform the nation into an exporter of higher-quality agricultural products that could open the door to more varied overseas markets, with trade diversification taking on increasing importance due to India’s new agriculture import quotas. This chapter contains interviews with U Win Aung, Chairman, Dagon Group of Companies; and Gerhard Hartzenberg, Managing Director, New Holland Agriculture.