Thura Zaw (Myanmar News Agency)
Deputy Minister for Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation U Hla Kyaw told the Amyotha Hluttaw assembly yesterday in Nay Pyi Taw that the government is promoting terrace farming methods in mountainous areas where flooding has caused erosion.
Terrace farming techniques include irrigation practices, cultivation of plants with deep root-structures and the installation of tiered structures for reinforcement of soil.
The Department of Agriculture has also prosecuted illegal logging operations, which contribute to erosion, the deputy minister said.
During financial year 2017-2018, in Haka, Falam and Mindat districts of Chin State, 135 acres of mixed crops and forest plantations and 750 acres of community firewood plantation were setup. Courses on natural fertilizer production and other subjects were provided while plant saplings were distributed.
U Hla Kyaw also discussed a plan to establish a fuel station beside the approach road to Mann Chaung Bridge in Ooyinzin Village Tract, Minbu (Saku) Township. At the Magway Region government meeting held on 8 March 2017 the plan was delayed as it had not received proper authorization.
And Deputy Minister for Home Affairs Maj-Gen Aung Soe addressed a motion by a member to investigate and close down illegal gaming centers. The deputy minister said that the gaming machines had been imported illegally and that the government would prosecute the owners.
The motion to take action against the illegal gambling operations was approved.
The next meeting of the Amyotha Hluttaw is scheduled for 16 August.