Agricultural mechanization in the dry zone

Mateusz J. Filipski, Ben Belton, Joanna Van Asselt
Food Security Policy Project Research Highlights
2018

This research highlight evaluates the extent of agricultural mechanization in four townships in Myanmar’s Dry Zone. It provides evidence that rapid mechanization is underway. Mechanical land preparation is now commonplace, due to thriving machine rental markets, falling equipment prices, and better financing options. The mechanization of harvesting and threshing is also occurring, but is concentrated in rice. These findings suggest that Dry Zone agriculture is at a technological crossroads.