Yangon to invest Ks 8 billion into agricultural sector

The Yangon Region Government has earmarked about Ks8 billion to spend on development of the mechanised
agricultural sector in Yangon Region as part of a revitalization effort for farmland, said Yangon Region Chief Minister U Phyo Min Thein.

“As far as the industry sector is developed in Yangon Region, it is found that the agriculture sector is weakening. We need to upgrade the agricultural sector with the use of modern ways in attempts toboost the agricultural production,” said U Phyo Min Thein.

The remarks were made at a workshop on promoting the agricultural sector in Yangon Region held at the Union of Myanmar Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry in Yangon yesterday.

Meanwhile, Yangon Region Government is drafting a master plan for development of agricultural mechanisation in the region to be implemented within three years.

Under the plan, irrigation will be extended in the 2017- 2018 fiscal year, according to the Yangon Region Agriculture, Livestock, Forest and Energy Minister U Han Tun.

Currently, more than 700,000 acre feet of water stored in a year in nine dams in the region have not been effectively used for irrigating farmland in the summer and winter seasons.

Meanwhile, the Master Plan also focuses on getting quality rice strains and on producing value-added products for export.

U Aung Than Oo, Vice-President of the Myanmar Rice Federation, has suggested for the Yangon Region Government to establish service centres in townships in the region in order to grant agricultural loans to farmers sufficiently through the centres.

Regarding the master plan, he also suggested the government to give priorities to development of the farmland sector, providing quality strains of rice to farmers and assisting the farmers to be able to use agricultural machinery.

“We should renovate dikes which prevent intrusion of sea water to farmland and dredge silt out of creeks and rivers so that water recedes quickly after flooding because the Yangon Region sees natural disasters nearly every year,” said U Aung Than Oo.

The Yangon Region has more than 2.5 million acres of farmland.

Source: Global New Light of Myanmar

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