Although maize yields in Myanmar has been more than doubled since the year 2000, productivity of maize growth is still low. In The SAM project ‘Geodata for Agriculture and Water Facility’, maize growers, organized in the Golden Paddy Platform, are supported to improve their farm management practices in order to optimize their yields and close the yield gap. Therefore, an in-app advice-rating system is developed for facilitating the farmers. During a field visit farmers were interviewed to collect baseline data to enable the monitoring of the effectiveness and impact of the tool. The visits and data collection showed that farmers are aware of the importance of proper land preparation and fertilization and all farmers are motivated to improve their farm management practice, but no farmer logged its data. It was noticed, that yields varied considerably between farmers. Some yields were below the national average. It appeared, that most farmers did not provide the amount of fertilizer according to the recommendations of the Golden Paddy GAP booklet. Some farmers had identified the Fall army worm. It is recommended to ask farmers lo log their farm management practices for empowering them by concrete figures and positive trends.
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