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Grueling work that once helped Myanmar become the world's largest rice exporter is today a Herculean and often lonely job for farmers striving to return the impoverished nation to its former grain prowess.For much of the early 20th century Myanmar was Asia's rice bowl.Many economists believe helping farmers like Than Tun offers Myanmar one of the fastest ways to both alleviate poverty and turn around the country's fortunes.Sergiy Zorya, a Bangkok-based expert on rice production at the World Bank, agrees it is high time Myanmar and the international community did more to invest in rice farmers.Over the past 10 years each 1 percent increase in GDP has resulted in reducing the country's poverty rate by 5.2 percent.Myanmar is fortunate to have both huge natural resources and farming potential.On the northwestern outskirts of Yangon lies Shwe Pyi Tar, a dusty suburb of wooden shacks overshadowed by huge warehouses, where most of Myanmar's rice harvest is milled.Myanmar's mills are notoriously inefficient – some are still steam-powered – and produce low-quality rice that is hard to export and sold on the cheap.
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