President U Thein Sein greets farmers warmly at ceremony to hand over farm machinery provided by JICA

President U Thein Sein warmly greets local residents at pollination ceremony at 3000-acre model farm in  Dekkhinathiri Township.
President U Thein Sein warmly greets local residents at pollination ceremony at 3000-acre model farm in Dekkhinathiri Township.

President U Thein Sein warmly greeted farmers at a ceremony to hand over farm machinery provided by the Japan International Cooperation Agency and to mark the pollination of Palethwe hybrid paddy strain at a 3,000-acre model farm of an advanced agricultural mechanization system near the hotel zone in Nay Pyi Taw on Friday.
Also present were Vice President U Nyan Tun, union ministers, deputy ministers, the Japanese ambassador to Myanmar, resident representatives of IRRI and JICA, officials of the Myanmar Music Association and Myanmar Writers Association, agricultural experts and local farmers.
After arriving at the model farm at 8 am and greeting the local farmers,  the president attended the ceremony to hand over the farm machinery provided by JICA, Japan’s aid agency.
At the ceremony, Union Minister for Agriculture and Irrigation U Myint Hlaing expressed thanks for the farm machinery including 93 Kubota tractors, 10 Kubota harvesting and winnowing machines, 92 six-blade ploughs and 92 other ploughs provided by JICA and said that cooperation between Japan and Myanmar has extended from the friendship between their leaders to that of their peoples.
Then, the Japanese ambassador spoke about the assistance and cooperation in the agriculture sector between the two countries and handed over documents related to the farm machinery to the union minister who presented the ambassador a certificate of honour in turn. Afterwards, Vice President U Nyan Tun delivered a speech at the ceremony.
In his speech, the vice president said that the agriculture sector plays an important role in Myanmar and is the driving force for food sufficiency of the entire country.
It is, therefore, necessary to make efforts for development of the agriculture sector for the economic development of the country, the vice president added, before saying that the government has laid down policies for the development of the sector.
Then, the vice president pointed out that an important reform is to transition from traditional farming to mechanized farming, which is easier said than done, and that farmers are already aware of the difficulties they are encountering.
Then, the vice president said that it is necessary to make the difficulties into opportunities, and that the country has the ability to do so.
In conclusion, the vice president said that it is necessary for the government to provide assistance to farmers including technologies, high-yield strains and machinery and thanked the farmers and those who assist in development of the agriculture sector.
Later, the vice president viewed the machinery and attended a pollination ceremony of the Palethwe hybrid strain in a 100-acre section of the farm, before presenting gifts to the Japanese ambassador and the resident representative of JICA and offering refreshments to experts and farmers. Then, the vice president visited the thriving Palethwe summer paddy field of U Kyaw Win, an outstanding farmer, in Aung Thukha Village, a 100-acre seed production farm of F-1 Palethwe strain of Myanmar New Ayeya Co and a 344-acre seed production farm of F-1 Palethwe strain near Alyinlo Village and thriving summer paddy fields irrigated by Ngalike Dam.
During the term of the incumbent government, Japan and Myanmar have cooperated in the production and distribution of quality seeds, development of technologies that apply less water in dry zones, development of agricultural technologies, human resources development in the agriculture sector of the agriculture university, food sufficiency for farmers who face adverse conditions and agricultural development in western Bago. The government is implementing 7,000-acre advanced mechanized farms in the Nay Pyi Taw Council Area.

Vice President U Nyan Tun views display of agricultural machinery provided by Japan International Cooperation Agency.
Vice President U Nyan Tun views display of agricultural machinery provided by Japan International Cooperation Agency.
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