The Rapid Rise of Agricultural Mechanization in Myanmar


November 1, 2017 - Author: Benjamin Belton, <>, Myat Thida Win, Xiaobo Zhang

Benjamin Belton, Mateusz Filipski, Myat Thida Win, Xiaobo Zhang
The Rapid Rise of Agricultural Mechanization in Myanmar

South-South Knowledge Sharing on Agricultural Mechanization
IFPRI, CIMMYT, Ethiopian Agricultural Mechanization Forum

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
November 1, 2017


  • Demand side drivers: Migration; rising wages rates, labor shortages
  • Supply side drivers 1: Hire purchase finance from banks; transferrable land use rights (collateral)
  • Supply side drivers 2: Falling cost of machines; no restrictions or tariffs on imports
  • Supply side drivers 3: Dynamic informal private rental markets (very limited reach of government rental services)
  • Result 1: Extremely rapid mechanization in main agricultural zones, following crop specific patterns (power tillers and combines in main paddy growing areas, 4 wheel tractors drylands)
  • Result 2: Machine access scale neutral at point of use; saves time/reduces risk; helps farms remain viable in face of rising production costs



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