ASEAN Farmers’ Organisations Support Programme
U Zaw Myo Naing is a coffee farmer from Hpa Yar Gyi Kone village, Shan State, Myanmar. He owns six acres of land where for the past 10 years he has successfully cultivated organic Arabica coffee beans, but has lacked skills to add value to his production. After joining the Agriculture and Farmers Federation of Myanmar (AFFM), he received training through the EU-funded AFOSP which included attending a coffee forum in the Philippines. There he learned new production techniques and how other countries package their coffee products. When he returned to Myanmar, he started roasting his coffee beans at the optimum temperature, grinding the roasted beans more efficiently, and improving his packaging. Originally U Zaw Myo Naing produced 50 boxes of coffee from 50 kilograms of roasted coffee beans. Now he is able to make 2,000 packs out of 100 kilograms.
All smallholder farmers like me need knowledge and skills in sustainable agriculture to help increase our income and improve our livelihoods.U Zaw Myo Naing, coffee farmer, Shan State, Myanmar