President U Thein Sein tours tea and rubber plantations in Homalin

President U Thein Sein being welcomed by local residents and ethnic people on his arrival in Hkamti, Sagaing Region.—IPRD
President U Thein Sein being welcomed by local residents and ethnic people on his arrival in Hkamti, Sagaing Region.—IPRD

Nay Pyi Taw, 7 April— President U Thein Sein visited a tea farm in the township of Homalin in Sagaing Region on Tuesday, according to officials.
The president heard briefings from officials on the operations of the plantation, including marketing, employment and earnings.
The president and union ministers presented clothes and cash to tea growers and cultural dance troupes.
Sagaing Region has more than 9,000 acres of tea plantations, with 6,700 acres in Homalin alone.
At a briefing hall in Homalin, Sagaing Region Chief Minister U Tha Aye explained transport networks and construction of bridges. The president and his entourage also visited rubber plantations, where he encouraged growers.
The region has 11,700 acres of rubber plantations, with over 1,900 acres in Homalin.
The president also visited Sitagu Eye Hospital, where he paid homage and presented offertories to members of the Sangha. He also offered flowers, water and lights at a historic pagoda there.
The president and his entourage flew to Hkamti Township, where he met local development committees and town elders in the township’s guesthouse. MNA

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