4 Agri-Tech Game Changers That’re Transforming Myanmar’s Agriculture Industry

Myanmar is one of the countries which depend heavily on their Agricultural sector, which accounts for approximately 38% of GDP, 23% of Exports, and 60% of employment coming from nation’s workforce in 2017, as reported by the World Bank. Ever since the privatization of the telecommunication industry 3 years ago, technology is no longer a new thing to people in Myanmar. Every part of the society – from the hotel managers in big cities to a small-time crop harvester in a small village – are using mobile devices to communicate in their daily lives. In fact, 80% of mobiles imported to Myanmar are smartphones according to International Data Corporation. The majority of people in Myanmar use Facebook, Viber and Line, which are the basic social communication apps.

With the rise of telecommunication users in rural areas, there are many startups and companies in Myanmar that are trying to help farmers with technology through the telecommunication channel. Most Agri-tech startups focus on the Agri-knowledge, crop price data, and weather information. However, there are some other out-of-the-box startups which enable users to rent agri-machinery, similar to the concept of hiring a car ride on “Uber’.

The followings are some of the startups and companies in Myanmar that are trying to change the landscape of Myanmar’s Agriculture sector. If you are passionate about contributing to the development of the local socio-economic development or interested in agricultural social enterprises, check them out!

1. Tun Yat

Tun Yat (which means tilling in Burmese) is Myanmar’s first tech-enabled tractor and harvester rental service platform. It was formed after winning the 2017 Phandeeyar Startup Challenge’s Ag-tech category and also recently won third place in the ADB Mekong MaTCh Ag-tech challenge. Tun Yat provides tractors and harvesters as a rental service to farmers to unleash the power of mechanization. Basically, it helps lower-income farmers by sourcing a fleet of high-quality farming machines and providing more affordable and reliable services to these customers. It also serves as a marketplace to connect tractor and harvesting machine owners, who want to earn extra money, to farms needing tractor services for tilling and harvesting farm requirements.

To explore career opportunities in this company, click here.

 

2. Green Way

Green Way is a social enterprise founded by 2 Agronomists from in YeZin Agricultural University in 2011. Green Way is an application that helps farmers to link with agronomists to solve common farming problems such as pests, fertilizers, and growth of crops, by building a platform that farmers can connect directly to agronomists and ask questions. Green Way has over 42,000 registered users and is expected to grow to 100,000 farmers by the end of 2018. It is used by farmers in 323 out of 330 the nation’s townships.

To learn more about this company, click here.

 

3. Golden Paddy by Impact Terra

Golden Paddy is an easy-to-use mobile application for smallholder farmers that delivers crucial information such as weather forecast, crop market prices, farming knowledge, pest and water risk alarms. In other words, it is a market place for agro-inputs, farming products, and buyer-seller information.  Golden Paddy integrates satellite-based information and utilizes innovative agronomic models to provide the best advice possible to smallholder farmers. Impact Terra recently received a massive grant funding of USD 3 million from G4AW (Netherlands) and Leap201 (Singapore).

To explore career opportunities in this company, click here.

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4. Htwat Toe

Htwat Toe is a product of “Village Link” launched in March 2018. It is partly owned by one of the biggest manufacturing and distribution companies of Agricultural Technology in Myanmar – called Awba Group. In Htwat Toe, Farmers can ask questions to Agronomists as in Quora. It has daily commodity prices from different regions of Myanmar, weather forecast and has a function that will help checking the expiry dates and usage of fertilizers and pesticides using DM codes. In the future, it will have functions such as financial management for farmers and marketplace to trade their crops.

To explore career opportunities in The Village Link, click here.

 

Concluding Remarks

Today, more and more young talents in rural area are migrating to neighboring countries because the factory wages or salaries from other odd jobs are paying significantly more than local Agricultural jobs. Hopefully, these innovative Agricultural Tech startups will pave way to better career opportunities and develop the overall agricultural landscape in Myanmar and ultimately – the region.

Related: Revolutionising Agriculture: The Rise of Urban Farmers in ASEAN

 


Written by: Thet Mon Aye

Thet is the Founder and CEO of Star Ticket. In 2016, she was featured in Forbes 30 under 30. Thet graduated from University College London with a BSc Computer Science. She is passionate in FinTech, Big Data, entrepreneurship, and developing the Myanmar tech landscape.


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