Peasant roundtable talk held in Ayeyawady Region’s Danubyu Township

Roundtable talk of peasants and officials in Danubyu, Ayeyawady Region. Photo: MNA
Roundtable talk of peasants and officials in Danubyu, Ayeyawady Region. Photo: MNA

A peasant roundtable talk was held in the Ayeyawady Region’s Danubyu Township, Zigon village tract, Zibyugon junction, yesterday morning. The event was attended by Union Minister for Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation Dr. Aung Thu, Ayeyawady Region Chief Minister U Hla Moe Aung, Ayeyawady Region Minister for Agriculture, Livestock, Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation U Tin Aung Win, Bago Region Minister for Agriculture and Livestock U Aung Zaw Naing, Hluttaw representatives, peasant representatives elected by the peasants, and more than 15,000 peasants and farmers from states and regions.
Elected peasant representatives were first introduced, after which they discussed their respective topics.
This was followed with a speech by Union Minister Dr. Aung Thu who said that it is the duty of all peasant and farmers, as well as those related to the farming sector, to develop Myanmar’s farming sector. The ministry has drawn up a policy, strategy and work processes for the development of the farming sector and to enact the protection of the farmers’ rights and enhancement of their benefits law to support and help farmers, said the union minister.
The ministry is striving to uplift the socio-economic situation of peasants with small holdings, as well as farmers and breeders, according to the policy, law, rule and work processes, and the peasants and farmers are urged to cooperate by conducting good agricultural practices.
To overcome the shortage of labour and rising wages in the farming sector, the ministry is pushing towards farm mechanisation and has arranged for farmers to get a loan with low interest and a three-year repayment system in six instalments. As of the end of December 2017, some 1,320 tractors and 57 combine harvesters were being sold under the system, and training courses were also provided to the farmers to help them operate the machineries.
Training and farmer education works were also being conducted so that the farmers can overcome climate change and produce crops, in accordance with the changing situation.
The Union Minister concluded by saying that the farming sector will develop only when the entire process of planting, harvesting, processing, packaging and marketing and selling is developed.
The Chief Minister also discussed matters related to the socio-economic development of farmers.
A motion on points discussed was submitted, which was then supported and approved by the attendees. After the talk, the union minister, chief minister and event attendees observed the display of farm machineries that would be sold to farmers under an installment system.—Myanmar News Agency

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