Out of 4790 farmland released by Ministry of Home Affairs, and Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation in PyinOoLwin Township, Mandalay Region, over 4,580 acres were returned to 805 farmers yesterday in the presence of Vice President U Henry Van Thio.
At the ceremony in PinOoLwin, Vice President U Henry Van Thio, said in his capacity as the Chairman of the Central Committee for Scrutinizing Confiscated Farmlands and Other Lands, expressed thanks to the two ministries and authorities concerned for releasing the farmland, and urged the farmers to work hard to produce agricultural outputs which can support the economy of the country.
Yesterday’s ceremony to return the confiscated farmland to farmers became the eight event in Mandalay Region reaching the highest number of farmland returned to farmers in states and regions.
The Vice President said the national-level land use council is making efforts for systematic share of the country’s land resource as part of efforts for promoting the socio-economy of the people.
The central committee formed in May 2016 established region and state-level sub-committees for scrutinizing land confiscation issues and laid down 52-point work process to solve the issues.
“To increase the number of arable land, farmers are allowed to apply for utilizing reclaimed land in accordance with the rules and regulations at respective region and state land management work committees and when the production from the land is stable, these land are changed as farmland under the Farmland Law,” said the Vice President.
He urged the farmers nationwide to work on the farmland with accountability and responsibility for sustainable development without damaging the environment.
The Vice President called for the farmers to conserve the environment for the ecology system of the country while keeping on alert to environmental damages including depletion of forests and rivers.
“Only when we minimize such losses as much as we can, will we see the fruits of our efforts,” said the Vice President.
At the ceremony, the Central Fire Services Training School of the Ministry of Home Affairs returned 271.78 acres, out of released 290 acres to 61 farmers and Mandalay Region Cooperatives Syndicate returned 4,308.72 acres, out of 4,500 acres, to 744 farmers.
Deputy Minister of Defence Rear Admiral Myint Nwe, Deputy Minister of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation U Hla Kyaw, Mandalay Region Hluttaw Deputy Speaker Dr. Khin Maung Htay and members of the Mandalay Region Cabinet handed land use form-3 to the farmers.
VP U Henry Van Thio inspects coffee, silkworm farms Vice President U Henry Van Thio and his entourage travelled to PyinOoLwin to inspect the Central Department on Coffee Research and Spreading Technology, under the Coffee-Seasonal Crops Sub-department of the Department of Agriculture, yesterday.
Coffee production in MyanmarDeputy Director-General U Zaw Tun Myint and Director U Myint Swe from the Department of Agriculture explained to the Vice President about Myanmar’s coffee plantations and production, dispersing of good-quality seeds, conducting trainings for cultivators and workshops on coffee planting, plans for opening laboratories, signing the GAP to acquire 16 plant breeds, cooperating with private and international organizations to elevate the quality of coffee and in turn raise prices, and the successful holding of coffee forums.
The Vice President responded that new ways must be found to increase coffee production in areas with low rates and highlighted the importance of each matter explained to him. He said coffee is a major global market and can heavily influence the increase of exported goods. He said Viet Nam generates about US$ 3 billion in coffee exports annually and Myanmar, in contrast, imports US$ 100 million worth of coffee annually. He said Myanmar’s natural environment is suitable for growing internationally qualified coffee and urged for expansion of plantations to simultaneously increase foreign revenue and decrease trade deficit by gradually replacing imported coffee.
The Vice President then inspected the regional coffee products, research gardens, the coffee cup test room, a grinding factory, natural fertilizers, laboratories, and Doekwin farm.
Silkworm and mulberry
Afterwards, the Vice President and entourage travelled to the Agriculture Research Centre in PyinOoLwin where Deputy Director-General U Zaw Tun Myint and Director U Aung Moe from the Department of Agriculture explained about the planting and harvesting of mulberry trees, rearing of silkworms, reeling of silk from the cocoons, the state of department-owned agriculture farms and factories, and future projects going forward. The Vice President responded to the explanations and gave necessary instructions before touring the facilities.
National Kandawgyi Botanical Garden
The Vice President and entourage then travelled to the National Kandawgyi Botanical Garden and viewed the shady trees, rare flora, the orchid garden and the butterfly museum. The botanical garden was established to provide a recreational area for locals and tourists and to preserve plant species.
New Mandalay Resort City
In the afternoon, the Vice President and entourage arrived at the construction for New Mandalay Resort City where Director-General U Min Htein of the Department of Urban and Housing Development explained about the project, completion of invitation for expression of interests and future processes. The Vice President gave instructions as necessary and then observed the resort city project area by car and inspected Burst Transmission Co. Ltd built in the area, which produces cameras, printers and their related accessories, fiber parts and sensors for CCTV and scanning machines.
The Vice President and entourage arrived back in Nay Pyi Taw by nightfall.