Projects are being drawn to establish agricultural zones in Mandalay and Nay Pyi Taw in order to manufacture agro-based products and finished goods, according to the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation.
In Myanmar's agricultural development strategy and investment programme, the ministry has pledged to establish such agricultural zones in the agricultural assistance plan stage (2) of Greater Mekong Sub-region (GMS).
By providing market-related services in those agricultural zones, growers will be able to innovate, handle modern equipment as well as production lines. Moreover, skilled manufacturers will emerge and there will be fewer losses and less damage to crops, as the programme highlights.
The zones will be equipped with machinery generating electricity from biogas and water treatment plants.
The programme says such projects should be prioritised in the areas bordering China and Thailand where border economic development projects are going on. As the second priority, the programme calls for wholesale markets in upper Myanmar such as Mandalay and Nay Pyi Taw.
A wholesale market is now under construction in Mandalay and plans are underway to built another in Nay Pyi Taw.