LMC-funded Macadamia fair held in Myanmar to promote agricultural efficiency

Xinhua, February 11, 2023

Myanmar has held a macadamia fair with the Lancang-Mekong Cooperation (LMC) Special Fund in the city of Pyin Oo Lwin in Mandalay region.

According to a statement released by the Chinese Embassy in Myanmar on Thursday, the macadamia fair is an important part of the LMC-funded project of "Development of Macadamia Industry for Small Farmers in the Lancang-Mekong Region."

By providing quality saplings and trainings to farmers and establishing planting demonstration areas, the project is aimed at comprehensively helping LMC countries including Myanmar increase agricultural efficiency, the embassy said.

Officials from the Myanmar's Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation, southwest China's Yunnan province, and a coordinating agency of LMC in Myanmar participated in the event.

An official from Myanmar said the Southeast Asian country has been planting macadamia nuts since 1982, and the implementation of the LMC project has effectively helped Myanmar improve its production, quality and export capacity.

In addition, the project will help promote rural development and reduce poverty among farmers in Mandalay region and Kachin and Shan states, the official said.

China's Yunnan province is building a global macadamia industry center, which is not only an important market for Myanmar's macadamia nuts, but also an in-depth participant and partner in the Myanmar's macadamia industry.

The Chinese embassy added that it is willing to support Myanmar and the neighboring Yunnan province in carrying out all-round and in-depth cooperation on the macadamia industry to achieve advantages and development.

The six LMC countries comprise China, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Vietnam and Thailand.