U Kan Htein sits with a beaming smile as he looks out across his farm and considers developing his sesame farm. A 48-year-old farmer and father of two, U Kan Htein lives in Nant Kit, a remote village in Hpasawng Township, Kayah State. He learned how to farm from his father who started teaching him on the family farm at 19. Today, he continues to grow his skills as a farmer. With support from the Advancing Community Empowerment in Southeastern Myanmar (ACE) project, funded by USAID, U Kan Htein has been able to improve his sesame seed farm and agricultural practices using Good Agricultural Practices.
The ACE project helps farmers like U Kan Htein to yield more crops and cut unnecessary costs on their farms through trainings and technical support on Good Agricultural Practices (GAP). The trainings, delivered by ACE consortium partner Mercy Corps in collaboration with the Department of Agriculture and the private sector, have had a positive impact on rural farmers. The project has provided a platform for participants to talk, share challenges and find help for producing more fruitful crops.
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