Agriculture in Myanmar economy occupies a place of prominence since it provides livelihood to the major segment of its population and supports overall development. Therefore it was envisaged that propelling sustainable agricultural growth through the application of cutting edge science and technology would substantially enhance farmers’ income in addition to ensuring food and nutritional security. With a view to achieve the same, a bilateral Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Governments of India (GOI) and Republic of the Union of Myanmar for establishment of ACARE at Yezin Agricultural University Campus, Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar was concluded during the visit of the Hon’ble Prime Minister of India to Myanmar on May 28, 2012.
The acute and immediate need for strengthening agricultural research, education and extension in Myanmar for the improvement of agricultural production and productivity was realized when a team of agricultural scientists led by Professor M.S.Swaminathan visited Myanmar during July 2011. The team proposed establishment of an Advanced Center for Agricultural Research and Education (ACARE) in Myanmar to promote strong collaboration between leading agricultural institutions of India and Myanmar for the development of agricultural research, education and extension in the identified areas. ACARE shall work in close linkage with Department of Agricultural Research (DAR) and Department of Agriculture (DOA) of Myanmar. ACARE are provided through four divisions.
Division of New Genetics
Division of Postharvest Technology
Division of Capacity Building
Division of Participatory Knowledge Management
ACARE offer courses for postgraduate such as Master’s Degree and PhD Degree in a wider range of subject’s areas: Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, Food Engineering and Technology, Agricultural Extension Education. This project will lead to raising production and productivity, efficient post-harvest management, processing and value addition, transfer of technology through participatory knowledge management and capacity building through post graduate education and faculty training programmes.
To develop, adopt and disseminate suitable technologies for enhancement of agricultural production, productivity, post-harvest loss reduction, value addition, human resource development and employment generation through agrarian skill development for sustainable food, nutritional and livelihood security of Myanmar.
ACARE shall benefit all the stakeholders of Myanmar agriculture through enhancement in agricultural production and productivity, enhancing agricultural income, improved employment opportunities and creating a pool of skilled agricultural scientists and managers.
To identify and use suitable germplasm for the development of rice, pulses and oilseeds varieties for higher yield, quality, climate resilience and tolerance to biotic and abiotic stresses
To develop and promote use of suitable post-harvest technologies for reducing storage losses, value addition and entrepreneurship development
To develop and promote participatory knowledge management systems for effective adoption of modern production, protection and processing technologies
To serve as a Centre of academic excellence and capacity building in the identified areas of agricultural science and technology