Update from Chiang Mai: Community Corn Breeders

Members of the corn breeders’ cooperative group in Phrao District, Chiang Mai Province are currently planting corn crops in order to breed new varieties of corn that are well-suited to the local area. In the process, they are developing skills in corn breeding, under the training and guidance of Dr. Chokechai Aekatasanawan, Director of the National Corn and Millet Research Center. In the past, farmers in the area were dependent on large companies, such as CP, for corn seeds. Now, however, after participating in this training facilitated by BioThai Foundation, these farmers are cultivating their skills and becoming corn breeders themselves, developing localized strains of corn seeds while also strengthening community self-sufficiency. In this way the farmers are advancing their own local business enterprise.

A representative of the corn breeders’ cooperative group joined to facilitate a seminar called “Corn Production for Sustainable Animal Feed through Use of Seeds Bred by Local Farmers” on 29-30 November 2017. Mr. Pibun Tongdi, a local farmer and corn breeder, shared his experiences, along with Mr. Subin Rityen from BioThai Foundation’s Seed Exchange project. The seminar, hosted by the Northern Development Foundation (NDF), involved exchange with 40 participants from Myanmar, including farmers and representatives of private development organizations. These participants were likewise interested in undertaking corn breeding at the community level in order to gain more independence from large companies and to ensure a sustainable source of corn for animal feed.

 

 

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