It is necessary to systematically utilize sound foundations of the region to carry out regional development tasks: Senior General

Local farmers have to strive for increasing per-acre yield rather than extending sown acreage, said Chairman of the State Administration Council Prime Minister Senior General Min Aung Hlaing at the meeting with businesspersons from micro-, small- and medium-sized enterprises in Danu Self-Administered Zone in the hall of Pindaya yesterday afternoon.
Individual reports on operations of MSME and requirements
The chairman of the Danu Self-Administered Zone Administration Body and the chief minister of Shan State reported on the disbursement of loans from the State economic promotion fund to agriculture and livestock farms, construction of cold storage for potatoes, melting of minerals, conducting of technical courses for manufacturing, construction of the production roads in the zone, running of solar-powered river pumping stations, and future plans for the development of MSMEs.
Local businesspersons also presented reports on the distribution of quality strains of potatoes for increasing per-acre yield, needs for technology and machinery as well as capital for the production of value-added tea products of Pindaya Township, assistance for the increase of coffee sown acreage and market for coffee, needs for building a detour in Pindaya Township, necessary assistance for the supply of drinking water for locals from Pindaya and Ywangan townships, conservation of Boktalok Lake as a symbol of Pindaya, and needs for regional development.
Responses of Union ministers to relevant sectors
After hearing the reports, Union ministers discussed the disbursement of loans from the State economic promotion fund to MSME businesspersons, the classification of loans for development and business, the formation of cooperative societies with the provision of machinery and capital for the development of the local economy and socioeconomic lives, registration for MSME industries to have benefit, and stretching of export wings of coffee and tea to foreign markets.
The Shan State chief minister discussed plans of the state government to contact relevant ministries to fulfil the needs of businesspersons.
Needs for regional development by efficiently applying sound foundations of the region
In his speech, the Senior General said the Pindaya region has food sufficiency but the cultivation of crops does not meet the target. So, local farmers need to select high-yield crops. Local farmers have to strive for increasing per-acre yield rather than extending sown acreage. It is necessary to systematically utilize the sound foundations of the region to carry out regional development tasks.
Encouraging manufacturing industries based on agriculture and livestock products
The Senior General highlighted that if the Pindaya region operates farming of chicken, pig, cow and other animals successfully, it will be a region that can produce meat for the State. The for encouraging agriculture and livestock farms is to get sufficient supply of raw materials for manufacturing industries. Agriculture and livestock farms need to use nutritious inputs for increasing production rates.
Recruitment of educated human resources in the region
The Senior General underlined that a large number of skilful agriculturists are required in the Pindaya region for promoting the manufacturing of agricultural produce by applying modern agricultural techniques, better soil preparations and proper water utilization.
Development of the tourism industry and development of the region
The Senior General stressed the need to improve the tourism industry by attracting local and foreign travellers. Proper packaging of delicious foodstuffs made of tea, coffee and soya bean can draw the attention of travellers and raise the sales of goods. The government is not engaged in politics but it is working only for the interests of the nation. The Senior General urged locals to strive for the development of the region as well as to ensure peace and stability.
The Senior General viewed round the booths which showcase domestic products, foodstuffs, personal goods, industrial products, traditional handiworks, and clothes and asked about grasping the market shares of these products. — MNA/TTA

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The Premier looks round the booths exhibited at the meeting yesterday.
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