Vice president calls for sustainable food production in Myanmar

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Vice President U Henry Van Thio visiting the booth displaying food at the ceremony to mark the World Food Day2016. Photo: MNA

Vice President U Henry Van Thio has called for cooperation from international organisations for achieving sustainable development with food production which is adaptable to climate change.
“We understand that we have responsibility for development of our country. At the same time, it needs to be aware that developing countries can not stand alone without cooperation by international organizations,” said the vice president at the ceremony to mark World Food Day 2016 held at the University of Agriculture in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday. In his opening speech, U Henry Van Thio also expressed commitment to changing agricultural practices that are adaptable to climate change in order to guarantee sufficiency of food for current and future generations. “It needs to be kept in mind that we have many challenges for implementing a new development programme. On the other hand, there are many opportunities for cooperation,” he said.
The government, led by the National League for Democracy, adopted a new policy in order to narrow the gap between rural and urban while bringing about sustainable development and to successfully management national reconciliation and natural resources.
U Henry Van Thio also pledged to work for harmonious development of the agriculture, livestock and industrial sectors in order to maintain the industrial economy that is largely based on agriculture.
The government has helped farmers in flood-hit areas by providing them with assistance both pre and post-harvest. The forests that cover 50 per cent of Myanmar are considered carbon reservoir areas and can help reduce the impact of the climate change.
The government is making efforts to change the production processes of the agriculture sector to help the country’s smallholder farmers, who own 95 per cent of about 53 million acres of crops in Myanmar. Ms Xiaojie Fan, United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Resident Representative in Myanmar, read out the message sent by Director of the FAO.
“The theme for World Food Day 2016 is ‘Climate is changing. Food and agriculture must, too’.
At the same time, the global population is growing steadily and is expected to reach 9.6 billion by 2050. To meet such a heavy demand, agriculture and food systems will need to adapt to the adverse effects of climate change and become more resilient, productive and sustainable’. she said.
FAO is calling on countries to address food and agriculture in their climate action plans and invest more in rural development.
“By strengthening the resilience of smallholder farmers, we can guarantee food security for the planet’s increasingly hungry global population also reduce emissions”, Ms Fan said.—Myanmar News Agency

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