Senior General meets potato farmers in Heho Bawnin village tract

Senior General Min Aung Hlaing meets with officials and local people in Heho yesterday.  Photo: OFFICE OF THE COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF
Senior General Min Aung Hlaing meets with officials and local people in Heho yesterday.  Photo: OFFICE OF THE COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF

Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services Senior General Min Aung Hlaing and party met with potato farmers in Bawnin village tract, Heho town, Kalaw Township yesterday afternoon.
At the meeting, Quartermaster-General Lt-Gen Nyo Saw and Eastern Command Commander Maj-Gen Lin Aung explained about agriculture production in the region and officials from state agriculture department, Heho town potato planters association chairman and potato farmers explained about planting potato in the region, requirement of good potato varieties, and difficulties faced in market distribution.
Next, the Senior General said the visit was to study about putting potatoes in the ration that the Tatmadaw personnel were consuming daily. There were evidences of Myanmar planting potatoes and exporting to foreign countries and it will be more beneficial to plant good potato varieties. When conducting agriculture works having good quality, technique, soil and water is important, and the Senior General quoted the suggestion and remarks of people actually planting potatoes to increase yield.
The Senior General also urged the use of natural organic fertilizers, instead of chemical fertilizer, and to raise animals to obtain natural fertilizers. Consumption of potatoes in Myanmar is lower than other countries, and information and knowledge need to be provided to increase consumption and create a market. The Senior General spoke of his belief of potato becoming a major agriculture product of Myanmar. If systematically grown, it could be exported to foreign countries as before. The Senior General said the Tatmadaw would provide the best assistance it can and once potato planting becomes developed, Shan people’s saying of Shan farmers donating half of what they have can be realized sooner.
Afterwards, the Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services inspected potatoes produced in the region and presented gifts to officials and farmers, according to a news release of the Office of the Commander-in-Chief. — MNAMYAN 2 4 72

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