Agriculture Revolution

Chin State is situated in the western part of Myanmar, bordering with Sagaing Region in the east, India in the west, Kachin State in the north and Rakhine State in the south. Chin State is the second smallest of all States/Regions and with a population of more than 470,000 people, ranked the second least populated States/Region. Of total, urban population constitutes 21 percent only. Chin is the poorest State in Myanmar due to its geographical remoteness, lack of infrastructure and transportation networks with other States and Regions. However, the 2012 cease fire agreement between the Government and Chin National Front, an ethnic armed group, paved the way for sustainable development initiatives such as road and airport construction, wider access to electricity supply.

Chin State forms the northwestern part of Myanmar bordering with India. It is known as one of the most remote and underdeveloped regions of the country. Transport is also limited in Chin State due to the bad topography with remote location. The assessment of World Food Program (2009) indicated that lack of employment opportunities add to the problem. Again, a collaborative assessment conducted by WFP and other agencies showed that market access is difficult in Chin State that only 75% households have access to market WFP & others (2012). Moreover, the Inter-Agency Working Group on Chin also reported migration as a significant coping mechanism for Chin people due to the declining job opportunities and food insecurity in recent years (IAWG Chin, 2012). According to the Integrated Household Living Conditions Assessment in Myanmar 2009-2010 of UNDP, Chin State has the highest poverty proportion in Myanmar since 73% of its population lives below the global poverty line.

The main livelihood of the rural community of Chin State is shifting cultivation. The limited area of arable farmland on the steep hilly areas and growing population of the State shorten the shifting cultivation fallow period and lead to poor soil fertility. In addition, deforestation, climate change and irregular rainfall across the State have a negative impact on food production. Food insecurity is therefore a cyclical and chronic problem, which affects all townships of the State. The result of the 2013 WFP food security monitoring in Chin State showed that the food insecurity levels in the State ranged from moderate to severe. The annual food gap in Chin State is three to seven months with limited coping mechanisms.

As aforementioned, the main livelihood of the rural community of Chin State is shifting cultivation, local farmers still have full access to land for farming in villages because local tradition prevails to modern legality. Traditional shifting farming system is based on the rain and farmers spend almost 7 months in farming but they sometimes, could not yield crops for 3 months’ food. However, this land accessibility does not guarantee land ownership of local farmers. Therefore, CAD had started land ownership project from 2010 to 2013. During these 3 years, CAD has supported 2000 acres of 1000 farmers’ families to start permanent farming system (terraces) by renouncing traditional shifting farming system which is destructive to environment, forest and which is not productive for food-security too. During our project period, due to fund limited, we could not support our farmers irrigation facilities and other agricultural inputs as well.

Unless we change this traditional farming system which is no more productive and destructive to climate change which is also the root cause of poverty and food-insecurity in this region, farmers will not be saved from the circle of poverty at all. This proposal will transform the whole traditional farming system to productive permanent farming system in which CAD will support irrigation facilities, fencing facilities, new seeds and farming trainings to farmers so that our targeted farmers will be freed from protracted poverty to sustainable development for their better living standard.

a. Project Goal:

Farmers have sustainable food-security for their better living standard.

b. Project Objectives:

  1. To help farmers access to land ownership for farming
  2. To change traditional farming system to new farming system
  3. To improve year-round productive farming system
  4. To connect agricultural products with market
  5. To help farmers equip modern agricultural technology

C. Proposed Activities

  1. We will support irrigation facilities to farmers.
  2. We will support iron for fencing farms to prevent animals’ destruction.
  3. We will provide farmers high yield seeds.
  4. We will support financial and technological aid to farmers for introducing permanent farming system.
  5. We will support farmers’ capacity development.

D. Expected Outcomes and impact:

  • Farmers will have equipped with new agricultural technology.
  • They will have land ownership.
  • They will have higher food-security and higher income.
  • They will have better living standard.
  • They will have year-round farming system.
  • We will eradicate the root cause of farmers’ poverty and food-insecurity.
Sr. Name of Villages Households Families Populations Township
1. Hnaring (A) 245 204 1203 Thantlang
2. Hnaring (B) 144 147 839 Thantlang
3. Khuahrang 267 257 1765 Thantlang
4. Thang Aw 147 157 963 Thantlang
5. Fantheng 220 235 1203 Thantlang
6. Surngen 153 158 859 Thantlang
7. Tisen (A) 73 77 424 Thantlang
8. Tisen (B) 30 40 233 Thantlang
9. Sentung 50 54 248 Thantlang
10. Lungcuaipi (A) 25 35 154 Thantlang
11. Lungcuaipi (A) 84 89 427 Thantlang
12. Innhmunpi 61 66 372 Thantlang
13. Ngaphaipi 137 137 880 Thantlang
14. Ngaphaite 105 110 661 Thantlang
15. Hriangpi (B) 71 77 431 Matupi
16. Hriangpi (A) 53 53 316 Matupi
17. Sate 104 109 456 Matupi
18. Leikang 180 185 927 Matupi
19. Lawng thantlang 75 75 567 Matupi
20. Zin Ma 102 102 438 Matupi
21. Darling 73 73 424 Matupi
22. Capaw 98 98 543 Matupi
23. Ruava (A) and (B) 161 164 875 Matupi
24. Leipi 84 88 485 Hakha
Total 2,687 2,747 15,428

In our statistics, there are about 5,010 acres of shifting farming which is so-called slash and burn traditional farming system. Since 2009, CAD has already replaced 75 acres of terracing farms with OBOS’s funding. Our last two years’ program of GRTP covers only 1.49 % of current traditional farms. Majority of remaining farmers are also very eager to substitute their traditional farming with terracing farm because according to farmers, they will from CAD get $ 300 which is sufficient for one year’s food of a family and they will have better livelihood and better agriculture and they will be finally productive too. In CAD’s food-security report, eighty two percent (82%) of the sample reported currently being in debt and needing to repay their loan. The most common reason for undertaking a loan was to purchase food. The local people understands need of change of their farming from traditional to modern farming so that they will have more productive agricultural system which is also supportive for better environment of human society. Local farmers are given agricultural training. Besides, CAD gives them Soil Test Kits with which they will be able to achieve the following issues; 1. Farmers especially terrace beneficiaries will easily access to know nutrient deficiency from their agricultural land by using soil test kit. 2. Farmers can manage quickly their land by composting and bio – fertilizer application. 3. Farmers maintain crop productivity in permanent terrace land by putting necessary bio-manuals and organic matter with utilization of the Soil Test Kit. 4. Farmers will easily access to know soil PH problem by using Soil test kit. 5. Farmers can good create soil to neutralized soil PH urgently. 6. Farmers will quickly recover or treat their lands of lost soil nutrients by using soil test kit from soil problem occurrence.

Achievements

1. Local farmers are entitled to permanent land ownership by authority. 2. They have access to knowledge expansion and agricultural training. 3. Their income is very much improved from this project because they are given US$ 300 per acre. 4. 100 numbers of women were given food processing training for their empowerment and development by hiring outside resource: Golden Plain Cooperative. 5. 275 men and 292 women were direct beneficiaries from our farming supports. 6. 2150 men and 2384 women (4534 villagers) had access to cash for work program of trees plantation.

Constraints

1. Target areas are very far from township seed and nursery farm as well as difficult to available tree seed seedlings. 2. Implemented terrace farms were scattered. 3. Target areas are very difficult to access with township, thus difficult to available forest and agricultural material.

Global View of Project Beneficiaries on Tree plantation

 

Sr. Implemented Village Township Implemented HHs Beneficiaries Total
Male Female
1 Le Kaing village Matupi 184 482 510 992
2 Sate village Matupi 110 298 375 673
3 Hriang Pi (A) village Matupi 50 124 130 254
4 Hriang Pi (B) village Matupi 81 262 261 523
5 Hnaring (A) village Thangtlang 245 570 633 1203
6 Hnaring (B) village Thangtlang 147 414 425 839

TOTAL

817

2150

2384

4534

Names of Terracing Farming Beneficiaries in 2010

Sr Village’s Name Farmers’ Name M F Family Size Wealth Ranking Land utilization On Terrace Cultivated crop
1 Hriang Pi U Moe Kyaw 3 3 6 D 1.0 Corn, Millet
2 U The Hmung 1 1 2 D 0.5 Corn, Yam
3 U Za Khe 3 4 7 D 1.0 Corn, Millet
4 U Phung Sang 4 4 8 D 1.0 Corn, Yam
5 U Kung Ku 2 5 7 D 0.5 Corn, Yam
6 Agape group 96 108 204 D 1.5 Ground nut
7 Sate U Phun Hmung 3 6 9 B 1.0 Corn, Millet
8 U Tin Mang 5 5 10 B 0.5 Corn, Millet
9 D Yone Kyi 1 2 3 D 0.5 Corn, Millet
10 U Sang Chin 7 3 10 C 1.0 Corn, Millet
11 U Thla Tu 10 6 16 B 1.0 Corn, Millet
12 U Hmung Tial 2 4 6 C 1.0 Corn, Millet
13 U Thla Nua 4 4 8 C 1.0 Corn, Millet
14 U Si Mang 2 3 5 C 0.5 Corn, Millet
15 Daw Dar Zung 2 2 4 B 0.5 Corn, Millet
16 Leikang U Za Bia 2 8 10 C 1.0 Corn, Orange
17 U Ria Dung 1 0 1 C 2.0 Corn, Orange
18 U Kar Lian 2 1 3 C 1.0 Corn, Orange
19 U Law Hmung 1 4 5 C 1.0 Corn, Orange
20 U Khin Tial 5 2 7 C 1.0 Corn, Orange
21 U Lei Hre 2 3 5 C 1.0 Corn, Orange
22 U Di Hrang 1 3 4 C 1.0 Corn, Orange
23 U Rung Tar 4 3 7 C 1.0 Corn, Orange
24 U Mang Cing 5 5 10 C 1.0 Corn, Orange
25 D Tin Kyar 3 3 6 C 1.0 Corn, Orange
26 Hnaring U Thang Pe 4 6 10 C 1.0 Corn,Cofffee
27 U Ngoun Khar 3 4 7 C 0.5 Corn,Banana
28 Tisen (A) U Thla Bil 2 2 4 C 1.0 Corn, Millet
29 U Pa Cin 4 2 6 B 1.0 Corn, Millet
30 U Hua Cing 2 0 2 C 1.0 Corn, Millet
31 U Te Mang 3 3 6 C 1.0 Corn, Millet
32 U Tluang Hre 2 2 4 C 1.0 Corn, Millet
33 U Kung Te 4 2 6 C 0.5 Corn, Millet
34 U Dua Tin 5 2 5 C 0.5 Corn, Millet
35 U Hia Mang 3 5 8 C 1.0 Corn, Millet
36 U Dal Lue 4 4 8 C 1.0 Corn, Millet
37 U Thla Thang 3 4 7 C 1.0 Corn, Millet
38 U Cin Bel 5 3 8 C 0.5 Corn, Millet
39 U Cing UK 2 3 5 C 0.5 Corn, Millet
40 U Aung Lin 2 5 7 C 1.0 Corn, Millet
41 U Bawi Nawl 3 4 7 B 1.0 Corn, Millet
42 Tisen (B) U Sang Lung 4 6 10 C 1.0 Corn, Millet
43 U Ri Hrang 3 5 8 C 1.0 Corn, Millet
44 U Khar Tung 3 4 7 C 1.0 Corn, Millet
45 U Chia UK 3 1 4 C 1.0 Corn, Millet
46 U Hrang UK 8 2 10 B 1.0 Corn, Millet
47 D Zaa Sone 1 1 2 D 1.0 Corn, Millet
48 U Lian Khoi 5 3 8 C 1.0 Corn, Millet
49 U Hri Mang 5 4 9 C 1.0 Corn, Millet
50 D Zing Cing 5 3 8 C 1.0 Corn, Millet
51 U Se Mang 4 6 10 C 0.5 Corn, Millet
52 U Chia Hmung 3 3 6 B 1.0 Corn, Millet
53 U Dar Thang 3 3 6 C 1.0 Corn, Millet
54 U Siang Kung 4 6 10 C 1.0 Corn, Millet
55 U UK Bawi 2 2 4 C 0.5 Corn, Millet
275 292 565

Name of Terracing Farmers in 2009

NO. Name Village Name Name of Townships Number of acres Remarks
1 U Za Khia Hnaring Thangtlang 0.50
2 Daw Phan Sung Hnaring Thangtlang 0.50
3 Pastor Tisen (B) Thangtlang 1.00
4 U Bawi Hring Tisen (B) Thangtlang 2.00
5 U Shwe Pong Tisen (B) Thangtlang 1.00
6 U Hre Lang Tisen (A) Thangtlang 2.00
7 Pastor Min Hu Sentung Thangtlang 2.00
8 U Hlaw Sung Sentung Thangtlang 2.00
9 U Thla Hre Sentung Thangtlang 2.00
10 U Hrang Thar Sentung Thangtlang 2.00
11 U Khua Hnin Thang Fantheng Thangtlang 2.00
12 U Khin Tial Leikang Matupi 1.00
13 U Cho Liang Leikang Matupi 1.00
14 U Bawi Saw Leikang Matupi 1.00
15 U Phung Hmung ate Matupi 0.50
16 U Lang Tling Hriangpi (A) Matupi 1.00
17 U Ngun Hla Hriangpi (A) Matupi 1.00
18 U Lein Aung Hriangpi (A) Matupi 1.00
19 U Ngung Mya Hriangpi (A) Matupi 1.00
20 U Yoe Uk Hriangpi (A) Matupi 1.00
21 U Kha Mang Hriangpi (A) Matupi 1.00
22 U Moe Kyaw Hriangpi (B) Matupi 1.00
23 U Sang Uk Hriangpi (B) Matupi 1.00
24 U Hla Paing Hriangpi (B) Matupi 2.00
Total Acres of Terracing farms 30.50

 

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