Myanmar – A Paddy rice success story – the testimony of Mr. U. Win Thein

Mr. U. Win Thein at the 0.5 acre demonstration plot he donated to the project with access by all the village farmers for learning purposes. LWF provided the inputs training and coaching. The farmers gathered weekly to learn and practice. The harvest went to U Win Thein. In all 34 farmers like U Win Thein made their land available for SRI demo plots in strategic locations among the 50 LWF target villages in the Myanmar delta.

A Paddy Rice Success Story:

The Testimony of Mr. U Win Thein

Photos and Interview by Moe Naing Oo, Agriculturist, LWF Myanmar

My name is U Win Thein from Ma Yan village of Kan Su (East) village tract. I have cultivated paddy more than fifty years including the time I helped my parents on the farm. However, in that time, I can say that I was really not aware that there were more effective methods of rice cultivation ranging from land preparing to post harvesting. I had just heard about some methods from some Myanmar Agriculture Service staff, but never really got the details. Now the farmers who participated in demonstration plots and I have learned firsthand some improved methods of rice cultivation.  We have learned along the way from every stage; from land preparing to harvesting time, through training and regular guidance. The training and guidance was provided by the Lutheran World Federation (LWF). Some farmers and I got some quality seeds of the Yadanartoe variety which we had never cultivated before. This variety was suitable for our area, was resistant to pests and diseases and could be cultivated in both the monsoon and summer seasons.  I also learned an effective method of seed selection using salty water from System for Rice Intensification (SRI) training provided by LWF. To get the best seeds, we put all the paddy seeds into the proper mix of salt water and removed all the poor quality seeds which floated.  It is amazing.  We never knew about this simple method before but it can really increase the rate of germination.

The plants grown from the strongest and best seeds are healthier and have more resistance to pests and diseases. We saw the uniformity of plant height and growth rates at the expected stages and at harvest time we got a high yield.

I would like to say that we also learned other improved methods such as fertilizer application methods, compost making, how to maintain the soil of cultivated land, how to cultivate and produce quality seeds, and how to control and keep the quality of seeds, etc. Throughout the cultivation season we learned effective methods not only from trainings but also from regular guidance and exposure field trips to successful farmers.

But what really made me happy is that at the end of the season I got a yield of 119 baskets per acre. The average yield of previous years was 40 to 60 baskets, so getting a yield like 119 baskets per acre from a monsoon crop was really great.

We realized that applying the mixture of a little Urea fertilizer with natural compost is most effective and we can decrease our fertilizer inputs. Now it is harvesting time of the summer crop and I estimate that my yield will be over 130 baskets per acre. So I would like to say thank you to LWF for your assistance in showing us how to improve our rice yield through simple and inexpensive techniques.  Thank you so much.

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2 Responses to Myanmar – A Paddy rice success story – the testimony of Mr. U. Win Thein

  1. Lucy says:

    Great article! I would love to hear more about LWF’s SRI activities in Myanmar. Do you have any reports you can share?

  2. Masta Gana Gulumba says:

    That was great Mr Thein. Congratulations. I am glad that I came across this article. The system of seed selection by using salty water (although proportions not mentioned) is valuable information to me. The use of Urea fertilizer to supplement natural compost had helped me grasp some of the technicalities. While congratulating Mr. Thein the efforts of LWD World Service is very much appreciated. Well done.

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