The seventh session of the second Pyithu Hluttaw held its 15th-day meeting yesterday morning, where questions on the farm sector were asked and answered, the Myanmar Historical Commission bill tabled, and a discussion was held on a motion urging the government to establish one-acre plots for the rapid implementation and success of a mechanised farming system.
First, six Hluttaw representatives, U Than Soe of Thazi constituency, Daw Mi Kun Chan of Paung constituency, U Sai Kyaw Moe of Mongpan constituency, Daw Cho Cho of Ottwin constituency, Dr. Daw Khin Nyo of Dedaye constituency and U Kyaw Soe of Bamauk constituency raised questions, which were answered by Deputy Minister for Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation U Hla Kyaw.
Next, Union Minister for Religious Affairs and Culture Thura U Aung Ko tabled a motion on the Myanmar Historical Commission bill and the Pyithu Hluttaw bill committee read and explained its report on the bill.
The Hluttaw speaker then requested the Hluttaw representatives who wanted to table an amendment to the bill to register their names.
A motion urging the government to accelerate the establishment of one-acre plots for the rapid implementation and success of a mechanised farming system was debated by several MPs.
In his discussion on the motion, U Hla Kyaw said the government had developed more than 62,300 acres of systematic farmlands from the fiscal years 2011-2012 to 2017-2018. The work for developing systematic farmlands includes water egress/ingress channels and creating a level one-acre rectangular field, which is costly. Depending on the farmland situation, these works cost from Ks1.2 to Ks2 million per acre. As farmers are unable to incur the expenses, the government is establishing such farmlands free of cost. Because of the high acreage of farmland areas, it will be difficult to incur these costs in the long run.
Based on the experience of implementing systematic farmlands so far, the priority is to get the consensus of farmers who own small plots to develop an area. Even if there is a consensus, there are some who are against this, and they need to be persuaded, replied the Deputy Minister.
Hluttaw then agreed to put the motion on record and keep the matter under observation.
Kyaw Thu Htet