Union Minister inspects silt/sand covered farmland in Swa, Bago Region

Union Minister Dr. Aung Thu inspects farmlands along Swa Creek and beside the Yangon-Mandalay highway yesterday. Photo: MNA
Union Minister Dr. Aung Thu inspects farmlands along Swa Creek and beside the Yangon-Mandalay highway yesterday. Photo: MNA

Union Minister for Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation Dr. Aung Thu inspected dredging silt and sand covered on farmlands in Swa yesterday .
Recent flooding caused by collapse of the spillway of a local dam which left the deposit on the farmland.
He inspected the farmland along the Swa Creek and beside the Yangon-Mandalay expressway and discussed with officials on helping the farmers plant appropriate crops on the farmland. He urged the officials to bring about mutual benefits between the farmers and private businesses.
The farmlands were inundated when the Swa Creek overflow its banks after Swa Dam spillway collapsed releasing a huge amount of water. The water left the farmlands covered with silts and sands, and heavy machineries from Irrigation and Water Utilisation Management Department and Agricultural Mechanisation Department were dredging the deposit from the farmlands.
Officials reported to the Union Minister on repairing the damaged farmlands, allocating back the farmlands to the owners properly and coordination made toward planting appropriate crops.
The Union Minister instructed the officials to allocate the farmland back to the proper owners correctly, to connect the farmers with private businesses to work on the land for mutual benefit and achieving income as before.
The Union Minister and party went on to Ingyinkon Village beside the old Yangon-Mandalay expressway in Yedashe Township and inspected the paddies planted by Agricultural Mechanisation Department’s rice planting machine.
He also met with the local farmers.
From there, the Union Minister and party went to Swa Min Lan Village, Swa Town and inspected the repair works conducted at the base of Swa Min Lan village pagoda, Swa Town that was damaged by recent flooding.
The Union Minister also met with technicians from Agricultural Mechanisation Department who repairing the farmalnd covered with silt and sand left by recent flooding. — MNA

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