Farmer’s voices heard on Peasants’ Day

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Workers and farmers walk to the event ground in Hlaingthayar to honor Peasants’ Day.

In honor of Peasants’ Day, about 4,000 farmers and basic employees gathered on a football field in Industrial Zone (2), Hlaing Tharyar Township in the western part of Yangon yesterday.
The football field was where the main celebration for Peasants’ Day took place. Visitors enjoyed the entertainment and also toured the numerous exhibition booths for agricultural tools, fertilizer, insecticide, pesticides, seed galleries, and local produce.
We interviewed some of those who attended yesterday’s event, as well as event organisers from the Agriculture and Farmers Federation of Myanmar (AFFM).

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Salai Kar Let.

Salai Kar Let
(Thaephyu Village, Taungtwingyi Township)
I got a lot of knowledge about agriculture here. It’s very rewarding and we’re going to use the knowledge from here to turn our shortcomings into our strengths.

U Hla Win
(Kyapan Village, Tathone Township)
I wish there were more commemorative events like this one. We live in a major agricultural country, so events like these allow our voices and lives to be on display for all to see.
I think we farmers still lack strong unity, so if there are more events like this one, it will boost our confidence and unite us and that will develop the agricultural sector.

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U Htay Lwin
(Farmer from Nhotekanmwe Tike Village, Hlegu Township)
I came here to find out how we farmers can protect our businesses. AFFM is helping to amend some Agricultural Laws and also raising awareness of improved agricultural technologies. Most of the knowledge we gained at the event will be helpful in real life. I wish for AFFM to be included in the government’s plans.

Daw Khin Lay Phyu (Theinkone Village Tract, Southern Shan State)
These kinds of events boost the confidence of farmers and gives farmers from different regions a chance to convene and talk. We get to share different experiences and skills. I want to display local products from Shan State next time.

 

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U Tar Naw.

U Tar Naw (Minzigette Village Tract, Kayin State)
I came here to learn what I can to improve the lives of farmers back home. I want to shift to machine-powered farming.
Here we can meet different people sharing experiences in the same field of work and we can learn new things here, too.
U Than Swe
(AFFM Chairman)
I am a legal advocate so I’m working to make the agricultural laws better.
The government and Hluttaw want to know in-depth details of the problems farmers are facing, so they organised this event. It’s important for our country to have higher-quality agricultural products.

 

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Photo-Pe Zaw

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