President U Thein Sein delivers speech at World Food Day ceremony

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President U Thein Sein presents certificate of honour to representative from KOICA. Photo: mna

Concerted effort must be made to emancipate peasant farmers from the cycle of poverty by improving their socioeconomic lives, President U Thein Sein said in his speech at the World Food Day ceremony at the Yezin Univeristy of Agriculture on Friday.
Also present were Vice President U Nyan Tun, union ministers, deputy ministers, advisors to the president, members of the Nay Pyi Taw Council, diplomats, officials of UN agencies, international organisations representatives and other guests.
The ceremony began with a video presentation on the president’s endeavours in agricultural development.
In his speech, the president said the the millennium development goals of the United Nations aim to halve the number of people who suffer from hunger by 2015, and he was proud that Myanmar was recognised at the 39th conference of the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation in June 2015 as one of the 72 countries that could work towards that goal.
The president added that it is necessary to implement social protection programmes to emancipate rural farmers, who make up 78 percent of about one billion people living under extreme poverty across the world.
Hindrances in lifting small-scale farmers out of poverty include global warming and agricultural labour shortages, and governments are required to take measures to create sustainable markets for agricultural products and social assistance and protection programmes for farmers, the president said.
The government is issuing farming rights and land ownership documents to farmers while increasing loans and providing research, modern techniques and high-yield seeds to farmers, the president said.
The president said the government also provided seeds and other agricultural items to areas hit by natural disasters in a timely manner before expressing his thanks to donor countries to flood victims.
In conclusion, the president urged all parties to make concerted efforts to emancipate peasant farmers from the cycle of poverty.
Afterward, Union Minister U Myint Hlaing made a speech at the ceremony before the
resident representative of the FAO read out the message of the director-general of the UN agency.
Then, the president presented certificates of honour to countries and organisations that have contributed to agricultural development in Myanmar and posed for documentary photos with diplomats and representatives.

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