Peasants Day 2020 was commemorated at Wardu Village-tract, Kangyidaung Township, Pathein District, Ayeyawady Region yesterday morning.
Firstly, Ayeyawady Region Minister for Agriculture, Livestock, Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation U Tin Aung Win read the Message of Greetings from President U Win Myint on the occasion of Peasants Day.
Next, Ayeyawady Region Chief Minister U Hla Moe Aung delivered an address where he said Myanmar is a chiefly agriculture-based nation and that Ayeyawady Region, called the granary of Myanmar, has over 5.1 million acres for cultivating monsoon and summer crops.
He said that in addition to the paddy, the chiefly farmed crop, the region also grows chickpeas, green grams, lentils, oil-bearing crops, crops for consumption and raw materials and many more that are mainly exported.
The Chief Minister said the regional government leads cooperation with all relevant departments and the cultivators for ensuring food security, sufficient nutrition and improving food safety practices. He said they also work to attract more domestic and foreign investors to Ayeyawady Region’s agricultural sector so as to elevate the livelihoods and ensure the full rights of farmers.
Next, Chief Minister U Hla Moe Aung, the regional Chief Justice, regional Hluttaw Deputy Speaker and regional ministers conferred certificates of honour and other rewards on farmers and staff who made outstanding contributions towards the development of the agricultural sector.
This was followed by a ceremony for handing over permits for working on relinquished lands in Danubyu, Maubin, Yekyi, Dedaye and Kyauggon townships of Ayeyawady Region. Chief Minister U Hla Moe Aung, in his capacity as Chairman of the regional Committee for Reviewing Confiscated Farmlands and Other Lands, and other officials then handed over the permits to the farmers.
A farmer then expressed words of gratitude for the permits on behalf of all the farmers. The Chief Minister, officials and attendees then took a group documentary photo.
Next, the Chief Minister and officials observed a seed dispersal machine and aerial spraying drones in action. By the end of 2019, a total of 8,992 acres have been handed over to farmers in the Ayeyawady Region along with work permits. Yesterday’s ceremony saw 2,965 acres handed over to 639 farmers along with permits. In addition, more than 3,000 farmers from 26 townships of the region were present at yesterday’s event. — Thi Thi Min, Min Thit (Translated by Zaw Htet Oo)