HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - A Hattiesburg-based manufacturer of agricultural products sold around the world is hoping to expand its sales in the southeast Asian nation of Myanmar.
On Thursday, Bio Soil Enhancers, Inc. (BSEI) welcomed a delegation from that country to the Hub City.
They toured the company's James Street manufacturing facility and spoke with microbiologists and field scientists.
They also met some Hattiesburg city officials.
BSEI manufactures products containing SumaGrow, which uses microbes to enhance crop yields. It is used in place of traditional chemical fertilizers.
The company is in talks with Myanmar on a pilot project to increase organic rice production in that country.
"Right now in the country of Myanmar, the actual organic rice production is very small, it's around 120 acres there and so, we're looking to be able to increase that in a sustainable fashion," said Drew Pigott, field services coordinator for BSEI. "Not only are we going to have increased yields in quality and so forth there, but also, it's going to be better for the environment there."
"We want to grow the quality-oriented production program, especially for food safety product commodities, so that's why we're happy to work your Mississippi group," said Ye Tint Tun, director general of the Ministry of Agriculture, LIvestock and Irrigation in the Department of Agriculture for Myanmar.
"Myanmar consumers are getting awareness of food safety measures, so, on my part, I'm looking at how I should bring these U.S. technologies to Myanmar," said Ohn Mar Aye, counsellor and economic attache' for the Embassy of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar.