IT is necessary to carry out forest conservation and reforestation as a national duty, said Chairman of the State Administration Council Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services Senior General Min Aung Hlaing at the meeting 8/2021 of the SAC Management Committee at the Office of SAC Chairman in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday afternoon.
First, the minutes of the meeting on 7/2021 was approved.
In his speech, the Senior General said that the government is responsible for the State’s economic development and peace and stability. The Tatmadaw, administrative bodies, and departments related to legal affairs and Myanmar Police Force are key players in ensuring peace and stability of the State. Those in the management fields are responsible for economic matters. During his recent tours, the Senior General saw food sufficiency of Kayin and Mon states. However, some townships do not have food sufficiency because they depend on border trade without full efforts in the agricultural tasks.
Myanmar places some 2.67 million acres of farmlands under summer paddy and about 15 million acres under monsoon paddy. If efforts can be made for increasing per-acre yield without expanding the sown acreage, the rate of per-acre yield will increase more than now with surplus production. Officials of relevant ministries need to urge local farmers to make efforts for increasing per-acre yield so as to use farmlands efficiently. Likewise, livestock tasks must be carried out systematically.
The Tatmadaw, administrative bodies, and departments related to legal affairs and Myanmar Police Force are key players in ensuring peace and stability of the State.
Officials need to manage the efficient use of land plots in implementing urban projects. New satellite towns must be implemented under the town plans with the participation of necessary characteristics such as sports grounds, schools, hospitals, parks, markets and sites for social organizations. Especially, implementation of the urban area is not to cause loss of farmlands. Likewise, river water pumping stations must be built to irrigate farmlands for the prevention of slash and burn farmlands. Emphasis must be placed on the sufficiency of agricultural water and drinking water.
Firewood plantations must be established in respective regions for the prevention of deforestation. It is necessary to carry out forest conservation and reforestation as a national duty. Conservation of forests can reduce the risks of natural disasters based on climatic conditions.
Encouragement must be given to local and foreign investment in the economic sector. It is necessary to give a helping hand to operating the businesses and ensuring the prosperity of local ethnic nationals as much as possible.
The Senior General pointed out undertakings of agriculture and livestock sector, operating of industries based on agricultural products, supervision for running banking services, promotion of education qualification, and security for students.
Union ministers sought the approvals for respective sectors.
In conclusion, the Senior General said Myanmar’s life expectancy is lower than that of neighbouring countries. So, it is necessary to nurture new generations to have physical strengthening and growth in the future. Knowledge on efficient consumption of meat and fish must be shared with the people. The food system needs to be changed in line with the health condition. Mainly, educative talks must be given to the people for avoiding liquor, cigarette and betel quad to have good health with longer life expectancy. — MNA