Earlier this month, the Agriculture Income Improvement Project was launched with the goal of irrigating hundreds of thousands of acres of land year-round and strengthening the ability of farmers in the region to support themselves
With funding from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), the Agricultural Income Improvement Project (AIIP) represents a major investment by the Government of Myanmar. Coordinated by the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation, AIIP will improve infrastructure, train a new skilled workforce, and contribute to greater mechanisation in the sector.
A consortium led by Nippon Koei and including NIRAS aims to revamp the irrigation-related infrastructure to such an extent that nearly half a million acres of farmland will be irrigated, becoming productive year-round and significantly increasing the incomes of farmers in the Sagaing region.
Year-round irrigation will allow farmers to increase their income significantly as productivity will no longer be limited to the natural growing season.
In addition, hundreds of kilometres of roads and 42 bridges will be repaired, improved, or constructed, providing a more stable infrastructural backbone to the rural region, facilitating access to markets, and connecting remote areas to the country’s cities.
Beyond infrastructure improvements, AIIP will strengthen the capacity of both the workforce and agricultural service providers. Several extension centres will be established and staffed to train local community members in agricultural techniques and technology. Workshops will also be built to provide maintenance to agricultural machinery and train farmers in its use, further increasing incomes and improving yields.
A key part of the project is the improvement of rural roads and other infrastructure to help farmers bring their crops to market.