- By Htun Tin Htun
All over the world member countries of the United Nations have been implementing Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)-the blue print of the United Nations for peace, development and prosperity for the people of this planet since 2016 till 2030 and the Union of Myanmar has approved the balanced Myanmar Sustainable Development Plan (MSDP) a few months ago. The MSDP has three main pillars, five goals, and 28 strategies with designated project implementation programmes under each strategy and it is learnt that there are a total of 251 work processes and the MSDP processes will be implemented as a living document.
The MSDP was drawn up in coordination with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Myanmar’s 12-point economic policy, ASEAN Economic Community, Greater Mekong Sub-region strategy framework, as well as implementation of various international and regional pledges made by the Union Government of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar. In other words, these sustainable development goals are based on our needs and requirements and will be implemented as prioritized processes in accord with the country’s situation.
Generating income from livestock sector is of paramount importance for both developed and developing countries in this planet with fast growing population. Livestock businesses are able to help create more employment, improve health, increase MSMEs, generate income (profit), zero hunger and end poverty.
Equity, employment, empowerment and environment are four main elements to be considered for the human development programmes under the umbrella of the United Nations since 1990s and the member countries of the United Nations have been implementing various programmes and projects including livestock breeding and meat production projects aiming at achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.
The food security and safety also depends on the safe and hygienic production of meat from the livestock sector with good manufacturing practice and the business enterprises from public and private sectors including cooperative business enterprises have been trying to boost their production and enhance their productivity through modern innovative and productive approaches.
The people in this planet eat more and more meat for their daily consumption in order to maintain their healthy condition and increase their life expectancy and the farmers of the Union of Myanmar are therefore earnestly encouraged to extend their small scale livestock farming with their available, accessible, affordable, acceptable resources in order to help increase income and generate employment in their grassroots communities and attain the desired goals of the country.
Industries have been growing across the world to produce canning products due to the demand of growing population in this planet and the foreign investors are urged and encouraged to invest their money in the modern and large scale commercial livestock breeding farms and manufacturing plants for producing safe and hygienic canned products in developing countries where the foreign direct investment is scarce.
Notwithstanding the vegetables and fruits are good for health and wellness of the people in this planet, the demand of safe, hygienic and nutritious meat and related products have been increasing and more livestock breeding firms are needed to meet this demand and getting livestock moving therefore is important policy for all governments in this planet to feed their people in order to be healthy and happy in this healthy planet and to ensure food security.
Livestock breeding sector of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar needs to be expanded with its available, affordable, accessible land, labour, capital, technology and management (natural, physical, human, social, financial, technological, information resources) and more public-private-partnership works need to be developed and enhanced.
Investments directly from abroad (FDI) are most welcome and joint venture companies and cooperative/private business enterprises for livestock breeding and related manufacturing factories need to be established for the boosting of production and enhancement of the productivity of the livestock sector and more awareness raising and capacity development programmes are needed for the rural people on how can we expand appropriate livestock farming collectively and cooperatively.