Pyithu Hluttaw to discuss motion calling for measures against deforestation in Magwe Region

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THE Pyithu Hluttaw agreed to discuss a motion calling on the Union government to take necessary measures against deforestation and other environmental degradation in western Magwe Region during its 37th day session yesterday.
Daw Yin Min Hline, who submitted the motion, said that the forest area in the region decreased from more than 600,000 acres to around 360,000 acres in 2015, adding that flash floods often occur in the region as deforestation has increased.
During a question and answer session, Union Minister for Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation Dr Aung Thu said that silt removal from Nyaungyan Minhla lake in Thazi Township will continue as a budget of K1 billion has been allocated for silt dredging operations there.
According to the Union minister, dredging operations and related works are expected to cost around K24 billion and K2.2 billion had been used for works during between the 2013-2014 FY and the 2015-2016 FY.
The ministry will seek further funds for the lake repair project yearly as an additional allowance of about K20 billion is needed, added the Union minister.
On micro loans that allow a one-year repayment period under the farmers’ cooperative programme the Union minister replied that it is impossible to allow a one-year repayment system as it is required that payments be made to the bank once every six months, saying that agricultural loans disbursed to farmers are loans from China EXIM Bank.
Moreover, the Union minister responded to a question about 20,181 acres of lands leased to 13 individuals in Dazai Township, Sagaing Region, saying that local people will be informed of the land situation by the regional vacant, fallow and virgin land management committee following the termination of the land leases.
According to the Union minister, no agricultural operations were found on 19,070 acres of lands leased to 10 individuals during the time that exceeded the prescribed period for their businesses to begin operating under the agreement.
On 20 acres of lands leased to two individuals, the amount of time it took for agricultural businesses to begin operations did not exceed the prescribed time set in accord with the Vacant, Fallow and Virgin Land Management Law of 2012.

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