According to the ASEAN Plus Three Emergency Rice Reserve (APTERR) program 3, a donation ceremony of 50 tonnes of rice from Japan to flood victims affected by heavy torrential rains in Kayin State was held at the (Kayin) State Government Office on the morning of 17 August.
Attending the ceremony were Kayin State Chief Minister Daw Nang Khin Htwe Myint, Deputy Minister for Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation U Hla Kyaw, State Ministers, Hluttaw representatives, departmental officials, chief of APTERR Secretariat office in Thailand, and a donor representative from Japan.
At the ceremony, the Chief Minister presented certificate of honors to the donor.
Similarly in Mon State also affected by flood caused by heavy rain, a ceremony donating 36 tonnes of rice and 2,250 viss of onion from Japan, 1,000 baskets of paddy seeds from department of agriculture, water cleansing materials from United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) was held at the (Mon) State Government Office on the morning of 17 August. The ceremony was attended by Mon State Chief Minister Dr. Aye Zan, Deputy Minister for Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation U Hla Kyaw, State Ministers, Hluttaw representatives, departmental officials, chief of APTERR Secretariat office in Thailand, and a donor representative from Japan.
Mon State Chief Minister presented certificate of honors to the donors.
ASEAN Plus Three Emergency Rice Reserve (APTERR) Agreement was signed by Myanmar at Jakarta, Indonesia, in 2011 with the aim of supporting sustainable food security in ASEAN countries and ASEAN Plus Three when unexpected natural disasters happens.
According to the agreement, Myanmar and other member states put up US$ 83,000 (endowment fund) for 5 years and US$ 30,000 (operational cost) for 5 years.
According to the rotating ASEAN rice reserve storage system, 500 tonnes of rice provided by Korea was stored in Department of Agriculture warehouse in Thanlyin Township on 21 June 2017. 500 tonnes of rice provided by Japan was stored at warehouses in Yangon and Nay Pyi Taw on 29 September to provide rice to ASEAN countries when natural disasters occurs in 2017-2018.
This 1,000 tonnes of rice will be stored in the warehouses for 12 months for distribution to natural disaster affected member states and if there were no natural disaster during this period, it will be proposed to APTERR Secretariat for use in poverty reduction and reducing nutrition deficiency project.
As natural disasters hit Myanmar impacting people in Myanmar, officials proposed to APTERR Secretariat to provide the rice to the flood victims.