Agriculture Department

saw daw lay muHead – P’doh Saw Dot Lay Mu

The Karen Agriculture Department (KAD) was formed in 1949 in Taungoo. KAD’s mission is to develop sustainable solutions for farmlands, food sufficiency and cash crop production. Through our agriculture programs we hope agriculture workers and communities in Karen State will work together to increase their income and living standard while not harming the environment and indigenous communities.

Approximately 85% of the populations of Karen State are farmers where the main economy of the region is an agrarian economy. Nowadays the Burmese/Myanmar government has planned mega development projects such as contract farming, damming projects, logging, mining and road construction projects which brings a threat to Karen farmers who can loose their land, culture, heritage and livelihood, as well as a threat to the environment. As a result, the agriculture issue is an important issue for the Karen people at present stage. Thus the KAD has taken necessary measurements and have laid down plans for sustainable agriculture development that will protect the Karen culture, heritage, livelihood and the environment.

In all the seven districts, there are districts and townships levels agriculture departments. From KAD central to districts and townships levels, KAD has its administration mechanism to work together.

Goal of KAD
To establish an administrative framework in Karen State that will guarantee farmland, food security, economy, environment and social benefit for the Karen people.

1 To lay down plans for land security and food security.
2 To investigate and disclose land lost by the military regime and mega projects.
3 To provide Agriculture education and training.
4 To cooperate with the community and organizations that work on agricultural issues for food security and better income.

Planned activities:
1. Establish an Eco-farm Learning & Demonstration Center.
2. Research land loss.
3. Establish a land survey and documentation program.
5. Develop and extend irrigation systems and farmlands that are sustainable.
6. Provide agriculture training.
7. Produce agriculture books.
8. Create agriculture development projects for the community.
9. Develop rice pest control.
11. Crops propagation and seed distribution program.
12. Cooperate and network with local organisations in agriculture development.
13. Create Income generation projects.