Mechanization and Crop Productivity, Profitability and Labor Use in Myanmar’s Dry Zone - RP103

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July 23, 2018 - Author: <matherda@msu.edu> and <beltonbe@msu.edu>

David Mather and Ben Belton, 2018. Mechanization and Crop Productivity, Profitability and Labor Use in Myanmar’s Dry Zone, Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Food Security Policy Research Paper 103. East Lansing: Michigan State University


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This paper analyzes differences in productivity, profitability and labor use for four major crops produced in Myanmar’s Dry Zone, namely monsoon paddy, dry season paddy, sesame, and groundnut, comparing farmers using mechanized land preparation relative to use of animal draft power alone, and comparing farmers using mechanized harvesting/threshing relative to manual or mixed techniques. Analysis is based on data collected by the Rural Economy and Agriculture in the Dry Zone survey (READZ) from 1,578 rural households in four townships in Myanmar’s central Dry Zone in 2017 (see Belton et al., 2017).

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