The Agricultural Mechanisation Department of the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation is planning to help farmers implement modern farming methods with the use
of modern agricultural machinery.
Deputy Minister for Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation U Hla Kyaw was replying to a question raised by Dr. Daw Khin Soe Soe Kyi of Pyay Constituency at the Pyithu Hluttaw meeting yesterday.
Daw Khin Soe Soe Kyi asked the ministry if it planned to supply more agricultural machinery to the Agricultural Mechanisation Department to provide agricultural services to farmers under the mechanised farming system.
Currently, the Agricultural Mechanisation Department has more than 2,800 tractors, more than 800 harvesters and 170 planters providing agricultural services to farmers through 2,137 workers.
To provide land repairing services, harvesting and winnowing, which are major challenges for farmers today, the Agricultural Mechanisation Department will require more than 8,660 tractors, 123,772 power tillers, more than 29,650 harvest-cum-winnowing machines, more than 36,280 harvesters and more than 5,870 winnowing machines, according to the Deputy Minister.
“The cost of the machineries required to fulfil the needs of the farmers is too high, and the government also needs to employ more workers,” said Deputy Minister U Hla Kyaw.
Meanwhile, the ministry has helped farmers buy machinery by paying in installments from companies.
Kyaw Thu Htet, Mi Mi Phyo