Today is a historic and auspicious day designated to honour all peasants in the country. Some 70 per cent of Myanmar’s population lives in rural areas, and their main occupation is farming. The government is providing protection to ensure the rights and interests of farmers, interests of farmers and is offering support for the grievances and losses caused by natural disasters, as much as possible. A majority of the country’s peasants have low incomes due to the impact of climate change, natural disasters and other problems such as deforestation and faulty soil management practices. Therefore, for the development of the agricultural sector, we need to formulate sound policies and strive hard to implement them for the advancement of the socio-economic life of the peasantry. To increase agricultural production, we must assist them in growing multiple crops on their farmlands. We must be ready to supply irrigation water to farmlands that rely solely on rainwater. The union government has already permitted peasants to grow crops that are compatible with their regions. We must speed up collaboration with local and foreign organisations to educate peasants on how to grow crops that thrive in specific regions, crop patterns and farming methods. Meanwhile, the government is seriously prioritising the task of transferring land back to farmers as agriculture is their life and hope. The government has adopted policies and work programmes to re-transfer unused land to their original owners soon. We have been undertaking maintenance and repair projects to utilise river water and irrigation dams, holding demonstration classes on how to use water effectively, developing mechanised farming systematically, producing good quality seeds for effective utilisation, implementing projects on a wide scale, producing high quality export produce, preventing contamination and losses due to late harvesting, and providing technical skills and know-how. Today, our peasants, who are still among the country’s poorest, are benefiting from the rapid proliferation of mobile phones in the world. The World Bank designated Myanmar as having “the most favourable agricultural conditions in all of Asia,” as mobile phone applications are revolutionising the agriculture industry here. The agri-mobile apps will widely impact the agro industry of Myanmar and will boost production and farm income. Farmers in rural areas can get up-to-date information, including about crop prices in markets and weather reports, on their mobiles. Mobile technology has the potential to bring about a rapid development in the agricultural sector. This is also an opportunity to uplift the socio-economic life of the farmers. Today on Peasants’ Day, the Global New Light of Myanmar would like to urge the people to join hands with the farmers to overcome challenges that lie ahead.