Smallholder Training on Sustainable Timber Production and Value Chain Creation

Opening Remarks delivered by Mr. Robert, US Forest Service

The third training for smallholder farmers on “Sustainable Timber Production and Value Chain Creation” was opened on 28 August, 2017 at the Yuzana Hotel, Yangon, Myanmar.

The training was organized by Myanmar Environment Rehabilitation-conservation Network (MERN) under the Forest and Farm Facility (FFF) Program of FAO in Myanmar with the financial support through FFF and technical support of US Forest Service. 30 participants of smallholder farmers, specifically Community Forest User Groups and Community Forest Products Producers’ Association.

The training was opened at 9:00 AM by giving opening speech from Dr. Kyaw Tint, Chairman of MERN at first. After that U Thein Toe, Director of Yangon Region Forest Department delivered opening speech on behalf of Forest Department. Thirdly, U Ye Khaung, Program Officer of FAO-Myanmar gave opening remark on behalf of the Country Representative of FAO-Myanmar. Finally, Mr. Robert Kinney delivered opening remarks on behalf of US Forest Service.

The training is a 4-day training including one-day field trip to forest plantation managed by a private company and a study visit to timber factory. The training will be held up to 31st August, 2017. The training is designed to have the knowledge and experience starting from seeds collection, producing seedlings, establishing plantations, harvesting the timber and producing the value-added products. Resource persons for the training are from MERN, US Forest Service and from INGO, Central Forestry Development Training Center of Forest Department, and Private Forestry Service Companies.

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