The second Amyotha Hluttaw’s eighth regular session held its eighth-day meeting at the Amyotha Hluttaw meeting hall yesterday morning, where a motion urging the government to implement the good agricultural practices (GAP) system in the country was supported by the Hluttaw representatives.
During the question-and-answer session, U Aung Myo of Sagaing Region constituency 2 posed a question on the plan(s) to formally provide work permits to fish, prawn and other breeding ponds that were in operation according to prevailing laws before the enactment of the 2012 Farm Land Law, so that the ponds can be made collateral for an investment bank loan. Deputy Minister for Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation U Hla Kyaw replied that the work permit for breeding ponds was being granted according to the Farm Land Law, Vacant,
Fallow and Virgin Lands Management Law and the related rules, depending on the type of land that was being applied for. The Myanma Economic Bank has been accepting these lands as collateral according to its loan policy and is providing loans to small and medium enterprises (SMEs), said the deputy minister.
The Myanmar Agricultural Development Bank also granted an agriculture loan to farmers, and short- and long-term loans were provided under the JICA Two Step Loan to purchase farm machinery, said the deputy minister.
For breeding ponds that are operated illegally, owners/operators need to officially apply for the work permit and pay the prescribed fines. This was notified to states and regions by the central farmland management group. The Ministry of Planning and Finance is discussing the matter of using these lands as collateral for the investment bank loan, according to the prescribed law, rules and procedures. As such, this matter must be coordinated with the relevant departments, said the deputy minister.
The deputy minister also replied to questions raised by U Min Naing of Sagaing Region constituency 12 and U Win Maung of Magway Region constituency 6.
A motion urging the government to implement the GAP system in the country, tabled by U Hla San of Magway Region constituency (1), was then discussed with support from Daw Shwe Shwe Sein Latt of Bago region constituency (3), U Ba Myo Thein of Yangon Region constituency (5), Daw Ma Ma Lay of Shan State constituency (8), Dr. Daw Tin Tin Win of Bago region constituency (5), U Htay Oo of Yangon Region constituency (2) and U Khin Win of Magway region constituency (2).
The ninth-day meeting of the second Amyotha Hluttaw’s eighth regular session will be held on 30 May.
By Aung Ye Thwin
(Myanmar News Agency)