Department of Agricultural Economics

Department of Agricultural Economics

 

 

Introduction

Department of Agricultural Economics (DAE), to be in line with the development of other sectors in Republic of the Union of Myanmar, is providing the well qualified teaching services which could support the developments of agriculture, economy, rural areas and human resources. Moreover, DAE is also providing the non-degree trainings and education programs to farmers.

The objectives of DAE are to produce competent professionals in agricultural economics by providing the qualified students and researchers educating with the basic agricultural economics subjects (Microeconomics, Agricultural Trade and Marketing, Farm Management, Macroeconomics, Natural Resource Management, Project Planning and Management, Research Methodology, Econometrics, Survey Design, and Rural Development Policies) who can improve enhancing rural and agricultural development.

The role of DAE is very important under the policies of rural development and poverty alleviation of the government. DAE is offering the farm management for improving incomes of farmers as well as producing well qualified students and professionals according to the demand of labor market which is shaping the reciprocal learning education system among farmers and agricultural economists. DAE is also trying to develop and distribute the agribusiness related knowledge and experiences which would lead the way towards sustainable development with the least effect to environmental degradation.

DAE is currently collaborating with many local and international organizations, universities and research institutes under the leading role of academic board of Yezin Agricultural University.  DAE is continuously trying by contributing the evidences based findings  of agribusiness related researches for the policy recommendations towards rural development.

 

(1) Teaching activities

The courses offered by DAE for undergraduate and postgraduate programs during 1st and 2nd quarters of 2017-2018 fiscal year (that means 2nd semester of 2016-2017 academic year and 1st semester of 2017-2018 academic year) are presented in the tables aside.

During 2017-2018, DAE could produce one Ph.D degree holder and 9 Master degree holders. There are total 15 postgraduate students including master students, Ph.D candidate and research based Ph.D candidates during 2017-2018.

Courses offered by DAE for undergraduate and postgraduate students during first quarter of 2017-2018 Fiscal Year

(2nd Semester of 2016-2017 Academic Year)

No. Program Course No. Name of Courses
1. 3rd Year AEC 321 Agricultural Trade and Marketing
2. 4th Year AEC 4202 Natural Resource Management

and Environmental Economics

AEC 4204 Macroeconomic Theories and

Policies

3. Final Year AEC 5103 Project Planning and Management
4. Master AEC 611 Advanced Farm Management
AEC 620 Agricultural Price and Market

Analysis

5. Research based PhD AEC 8101 Rural Development Policies
AEC 8102 Economic Development

 

Courses offered by DAE for undergraduate and postgraduate students during second quarter of 2017-2018 Fiscal Year

(1st Semester of 2017-2018 Academic Year)

No Program Course No. Name of Courses
1. 1st Year AEC 101 Overview of Myanmar Economy
2. 3rd Year AEC 311 Microeconomics
2. 4th Year AEC 4101 Farm Management
AEC 4103 Survey Design
AEC 4104 Socioeconomic Research

Methodology

4. Final Year AEC 5101 Rural Development Policies
AEC 5103 Econometrics
5. Master AEC 610 Economics of Agricultural Production
AEC 680 Survey Design and Analysis

(2) Research activities

              DAE could publish total 17 research documents which include research papers by final year undergraduate students who specialized in agricultural economics, theses of master students and dissertation of Ph.D student during 2017-2018 fiscal year. The titles of researches which are already conducted by agricultural economics specialized final year students are as follow:

(1) Gender analysis of climate change perception and adaptation strategies in Yamethin Township

(1) Gender analysis of climate change perception and adaptation strategies in Pyimana Township

(1) Economics of fertilizer use efficiency for economically important crops in Tatkon Township.

(2) Economics of fertilizer use efficiency for rice production in Taungoo Township.

(3) Analysis of income generation pattern on land consolidation participants and non-participants in Bago Region

(4) Marketing analysis of vegetables, fruits and flowers in Nay Pyi Taw.

(1) Measuring the effects of land consolidation based on the profitability of rice production in Oaktwin Township

The titles of dissertation and theses produced by regular Ph.D candidate and master students during 2017-2018 fiscal year are as follow:

(1) Economic perspective of crop diversification in the selected areas of Myanmar.

(2) Local level institutional analysis on Department of Agriculture, Chaung Oo Township.

(3) Study on the determinants of labor migration in Maubin Township.

(1) Role of gender in technology adoption of rice production in Thazi Township, Dry Zone, Myanmar.

(5) Role of perennial crops in rural household income in central dry zone of Myanmar under the climate change scenario.

(6) Profitability of labor use efficiency of different rice varieties with different crop establishment methods in Maubin and Daik U Townships.

(7) Impact of gender on rice production activities of rural households in Maubin and Daik U Townships.

(5) Agricultural livelihoods and coping strategies to flood in farm households in Kambalu Township.

(6) Analysis of farmers’ perceptions and adaptation strategies to climate change in Yamethin Township.

(7)  Assessment on the livelihood activities of rural households in Magway Township.

Titles of currently conducting researches of master and regular Ph.D candidate during 2nd quarter of 2017-2018 fiscal year (that means 1st semester of 2017-2018 academic year) are as follow:

(1) Farmer participation in irrigation management: The case of Pyawt Ywar Pump irrigation projet area, Myinmu Township.

(2) Economic analysis of the marketing activities of Mung bean in Tatkon and Pyinmana Townships.

(3) Study on sustainability of rubber based farming systems in Northern Shan State

(4) Value added processing opportunities and profit function of groundnut in Monywa Township.

(5) Study on Myanmar rubber industry toward empirical based rubber crop development policy

(6) Contract farming system on sesame supply chain in Aung Lan Township, Magway Region.

(7) Study on livelihood and microfinance situation under the SMU project in Nay Pyi Taw.

(8) Adopting of improved sesame varieties and technology package in Magway Township.

(9) Effect of labor substitution harvesting practice on Mung bean production in Bago Region.

The collaborative researches with international organizations and DAE which are still conducting during 2017-2018 fiscal years are presented as follow. During the first quarter of 2017-2018 fiscal year, the titles of conducting collaborative researches are:

(1) Investigating the migration patterns, gender perception and migrant remittance on rural household development in Myanmar funded by ACIAR

(2) Migration pattern of rubber plantation farm households in Mon State funded by CARE Myanmar.

(3) Assessment of supply chain management of sesame in selected areas of Myanmar funded by JICA-TCP

(4) Economic analysis of the marketing activities of Mung bean in Tatkon and Pyinmana Townships funded by JICA-TCP.

(5) Investigating the migration patterns, gender perception and migrant remittance on rural household development in Myawaddy Township funded by ACIAR.

 

The collaborative researches during the second quarter of 2017-2018 fiscal year, are:

(6) Consumer survey for “Study on consumer preferences in regards to organic, clean and safe (agroecological) agri-food products in the Greater Mekong Sub-region” funded by GRET.

(6) “Improvement on accessibility of rice certified seed” project funded by JICA (Yangon).

During the second quarter of 2017-2018 fiscal year, DAE also assigned  1 acre for summer paddy production to agricultural economics specialized fourth year undergraduate students.  During January 2018 (1-31 Jan), the activities such as land preparation, irrigation, seeding with manual seeder, In cleaning the field were done and urea fertilizer application were also done in 22nd February 2018 by the  agricultural economics specialized fourth year undergraduate students under guidance of DAE. In addition, 5 acre summer paddy production are also assigned for first year undergraduate students.

During the first quarter of 2017-2018 fiscal year, DAE conducted the interviews with farmers who did land consolidation and who didn’t do land consolidation in Taungoo and Oaktwin Townships, Bagon Region as the education training program for agricultural economics specialized fourth year undergraduate students. Teaching staffs of DAE also went a trip to Loikaw, Kayar State in order to know the marketing activities and market situations of commercial crops in that area.  Moreover, the  fourth year undergraduate students are assigned to attend the pre-training on tractor and agricultural machinery driving and management course during second quarter of 2017-2018 fiscal year.

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