Profiling seed producers

The ISSD Myanmar Programme, through WHH staff and support, has conducted a study aimed at generating a profile of the seed producers in Sagaing and Mandalay Region. Farmers from three townships in each region were surveyed. An overall number of 130 seed producers from eleven villages of the six townships were interviewed. The number of seed producers were proportionately selected, 52% and 48% from each region.

The survey aimed to identify seed producers to be included in ISSD Myanmar Programme, based on the assessment of their key performance indicators in technical, organizational and financial management as well as their strategic linkages.

The assessment showed that 52% of seeds are certified by DOA. The study also showed that 38% of seed producers grew seed that had not been certified and that are locally known are “good seed”. 10% of the seed producers grew both certified as well as good seed.

71 out of a total of 130 seed producers purchased from the DOA’s extension staff, which amounts to 55% of the sample. 32 seed producers (25%) bought from other farmers. 13 % of seed growers (17 farmers) said they normally buy from other seed producers. The findings show there is no or little link between DAR, DOA seed farms and seed companies in this regard.

The greatest demand was for rice (47%)  followed by chickpeas (42%). Green gram and groundnut were only minimally demanded while the demand of other pulses and oilseeds is also declining.

The study also showed that 73% of seed producers were not aware that seed sample should be sent to the seed laboratory for quality testing. This proves that improved coordination between DOA and DAR and their labs need to be supported.

The final report is being finalised and will be shared here when ready.