Country must brace for El Niño’s impact: Vice President U Nyan Tun

Vice President U Nyan Tun delivers speech at government committee for protecting farmers’ rights and interests.—MNA
Vice President U Nyan Tun delivers speech at government committee for protecting farmers’ rights and interests.—MNA

Yangon, 29 June — Vice President U Nyan Tun on Monday urged the government committee for protecting farmers’ rights and interests to brace for the impact of El Niño, which may occur in the country’s 2015 cultivation season.
At a meeting with the committee and representatives from the ministries in Nay Pyi Taw, the vice president stressed the importance of storing water for farming in line with the National Water Harvesting Campaign, as the country is likely to face shortages due to the impact of El Nino.
He quoted meteorologists who forecast that Myanmar may experience El Niño this cultivation season, which runs from June to September.
Vice President U Nyan Tun also suggested that the approach to protecting farmers’ rights and promoting their interests should be pragmatic.
He also stressed the need to help farmers obtain loans and farming supplies, and secure reasonable prices for their crops. It is also important to protect small-scale farmers and provide aid to farmers when their crops are damaged by disasters, he said.
The committee has a responsibility to coordinate with farmers so they can form associations and to prevent illegal land confiscation, said Vice President U Nyan Tun.
He urged the body to quickly send information to farmers through the media, including during disasters and outbreaks of pests and infectious diseases.
As the country urgently needs to attract investment to improve the infrastructure for trading agricultural produce at border areas, a private-public partnership program should be carried out by the Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation, the Ministry of Commerce, the Ministry of Finance and the Myanmar Rice Federation to establish trade zones with perfect infrastructure, the vice president said. GNLM

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