World Seed Partnership Meeting held

Union Minister Dr. Aung Thu addresses the “World Seed Partnership meeting” in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday.   Photo: MNA
Union Minister Dr. Aung Thu addresses the “World Seed Partnership meeting” in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday.  
Photo: MNA

Union Minister for Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation Dr Aung Thu said, “Strong projects to increase agricultural exports include producing safe and nutritious agricultural products, implementing for the development of seeds production and research development. We have to promote and encourage using new varieties of plants and high quality seeds for supporting the sustainable agricultural development.” His remarks came during World Seed Partnership meeting held at Park Royal Hotel in Nay Pyi Taw Hotel Zone at 9am yesterday morning.
He said, “In this year, we were able to perform 35% GDP of the country from agricultural sector, 13.7% from export and 61.2% from workforce. We are perpetually working for stability of agricultural experts, businessmen and farmers, in accordance with increased investment for seeds from our development partnership organizations. We want all experts to discuss on using new varieties of plants and high quality seeds in this meeting.”
Then, Netherlands Ambassador to Myanmar H.E. Mr. Wouter Jurgens, greeted the attendees, after which Mr. Ben Rivoire from the International Union for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants (UPOV), Mr. Csaba Gaspar from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), Dr. Florina Plada from the International Seeds Testing Association (ISTA), Mr. Michael Keller from the International Seed Federation (ISF) and Mrs. Karen Williams from the World Farmers Organisation (WFO) discussed on being able to use new varieties of plants and high quality seeds and the development of seeds production.
In that meeting, they mainly discussed developing rights of plant breeders and growers, increasing the investment from international seeds and plants breeders companies and to be able to distribute seeds internationally by Myanmar, in accordance with international standards.—MNA

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