The sixth regular session of the second Amyotha Hluttaw held its first-day meeting yesterday morning at Amyotha Hluttaw’s meeting hall.
In his welcoming message Amyotha Hluttaw Speaker Mahn Win Khaing Than said Hluttaw representatives are believed to have met with the electorate during the one-and-a-half month’s time when the Hluttaw was adjourned and learnt of the people’s requirements and difficulties while conducting an onsite survey to develop the region. Hluttaw representatives are also urged to ask questions about the socio-economic, health, and education sectors of their constituency, table motions and perform relevant committee-wise duties.
Only when this is done can the voice of the people become the voice of the Hluttaw and the will of the people will become the will of the Hluttaw, in accordance to the motto of the Hluttaw and perform beneficial works for the people and the country.
The Amyotha Hluttaw Speaker added that in the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw meeting, an additional union budget allocation bill for fiscal year 2017-2018 will be debated and hluttaw representatives are advised to debate in the best interests of the people and the country the requests for funding by the union level departmental organisations, states and regions who are implementing the projects.
In response to a question by U Win Myint of Magway Region constituency 8 on plans to ease the difficulties and delays for farmers who haven’t applied using the farmland ownership form (7), Deputy Minister for Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation U Hla Kyaw said notifications were published in daily newspapers, and broadcast on radio and television every six months to ease the application process and to inform directly to the central farmland management group to resolve any difficulties encountered.
Each notification was published for four straight days and the duration of the application process is also specifically defined to prevent delays, in accordance to farmland law.
Farmers were buying, selling, transferring and renting farmland without properly informing the relevant ward/village tract farm land management groups and were improperly registering farmlands under nicknames and locally known names instead of the names on national identification cards, resulting in improper land records. Township farmland management and land record departments are reviewing and re-assessing records issued Form 7 to correct discrepancies and duplications.
“When there are difficulties and delays in applying, issuing, correcting and amending Form 7, there are ways and means to contact and resolve the matter with relevant township farmland management groups and township farmland management and land record departments”, replied the Deputy Minister.
Next, U Kyaw Htway of Yangon Region constituency 8 raised a question on plans to set up a modern agriculture and livestock breeding research centre in Yangon Region western districts townships of Dala, Seikkyi Khannaungto, Twantay, Kaumu Kungyangon townships that will benefit farmers and livestock breeders. Responding to the question, Deputy Minister for Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation U Hla Kyaw said technical support was provided on raising locally bred chickens, dairy cows, swine, ducks, goats and beekeeping for the livestock breeding sector to develop and produce healthy and nutritious livestock products.
In the fishery sector, the Fishery Department is establishing small-scale hatcheries and distributing a certain percentage of fish fingerlings for free while training was provided on fish breeding techniques and basic training on artificial insemination of fish. The vegetable and fruit research and development centre in Yemon, Hlegu Township, Yangon Region, the Myanmar rice research center in Hmawbi Township and plant biology center in Pale, Mingaladon Township were established for agriculture sector development, said the Deputy Minister.
Setting up a modern agriculture and livestock breeding research centre would require a substantial financial investment and since the aforementioned research works and centres were being conducted for agriculture development, an additional research centre could not be established in Yangon Region’s southern district and western region areas at the present time, said the Deputy Minister.
However, the Yangon Region government is planning to set up agriculture service centres in Kawhmu Township, Magyitan village, Lekhike Village, Lawadi Village and Kungyangon Township, Kangyima Village in Yangon Region’s southern district, added the Deputy Minister.
Aung Ye Thwin