The UN Food and Agricultural Organization says it will provide technical assistance to Burma for a three-year project to develop the nation's edible oil crop.
The FAO says in a statement released today that the project will be funded through a 12.3 million dollar loan from the OPEC Fund for International Development.
The organization says the goal of the project is to increase Burma's oilseed production and improve oil processing technologies. It hopes to increase value of the crop while also providing low-cost edible oil for consumers.
The FAO says the project will focus on Burma's sesame, sunflower, soybean, palm and groundnut oilseed crops. It says the project will include the construction of two new oil processing plants as well as upgrading existing facilities.