Myanmar delegation visited the Netherlands
From 5 to 9 September 2016 the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs organised a visit to the Netherlands for a Myanmar delegation. A group of representatives from the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation has had the opportunity to visit a number of ‘green’ education institutions, farms and businesses.
A year of preparation has led to a NICHE project with Burma/Myanmar for the development of the agricultural education at the State Agricultural Institutes of the country. The project ‘Strengthening of Vocational Education and Training for Food Security’ will be implemented the coming four years by the Aeres group in a consortium with a number of other education institutes in the Netherlands. The Aeres Group is part of the Borderless Network. This network is a good example for the international positioning en cooperation of the Netherlands.
The NICHE project can gives meaning to the 2015 Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Ministry of Economic Affairs of the Kingdom of the Netherlands and the Ministry of National Planning and Economic Development of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar. In this MoU both countries expressed a joint interest in a long-term cooperation in the field of agriculture, food safety, livestock, fisheries and farmers’ organisations.
The delegation is visiting a greenhouse of sweet peppers at Agriport A7
Highlights of the visit
Learning inside the classrooms, hands on experiences in farms, centers of expertise and greenhouses from the private sector and development through practice oriented projects for their communities, are teaching opportunities the Myanmar delegation got familiar with during their stay in the Netherlands. Gearing this towards the Myanmar situation, the future Myanmar students will be prepared for the incoming challenges of the agriculture business.
Mr. Kyaw Swe Lin, the Deputy Director of the Department of Agricultural Planning from the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation in Myanmar stated that despite 26 per cent people are living under poverty line, agriculture is an important tool to reduce poverty in Myanmar.
Finally, EP-Nuffic made emphasis how NICHE can support the State Agriculture Institutions from Myanmar to be become the knowledge house for technology and innovation for strengthening the Vocational Education and Training system in Myanmar.