12 September 2018
The leader of the Committee for Protection and Promotion of Farmers’ Interests and vice president U Henry Van Thio delivered the remark at the preliminary meeting for providing of agricultural damages caused by the natural disaster during 2018 held at the meeting hall of the ministry of agriculture, livestock breeding and irrigation, Nay Pyi Taw on Tuesday.
Also present at the meeting were the union ministers Dr. Aung Thu, Dr. Win Myat Aye, union attorney general U Tun Tun Oo, deputy minister U Hla Kyaw, regional ministers for agriculture, livestock breeding and irrigation, departmental officials, members of the Committee for Protection and Promotion of Farmers’ Interests and the responsible officials.
In his opening remark, the vice president U Henry Van Thio said that this meeting is aimed to remedy and provide for the damages of agricultural products which are the basic economy of our country and caused by the natural disaster facing almost every year. During 2018, over 600,000 acres of various crops and over 400,000 acres of rice fields faced the losses due to the natural disaster.
The government is managing to provide billions of subsidies in time for the substitution planting of rice fields inundated and agricultural inputs such as fertilizers and agricultural expenses.
The civil society institutions are also providing seeds of rice and fertilizers as much as they can, but they can’t provide fully. So, the sustainable system or a solution to provide for the losses caused by the natural disasters should be found out instead of giving assistances by the time of stricken by the natural disaster.
Myanmar Rice Federation also suggested in this regard. Then, the union minister for agriculture, livestock breeding and irrigation Dr. Aung Thu clarified the preparations for the substitution of rice growing.
Later, the union ministers U Win Khaing, Dr. Win Myat Aye and attorney general U Tun Tun Oo explained the natural disaster respond teams formed, promulgation of law, by-law and existing orders and the arrangements to provide for the losses caused by the natural disaster. After reviewing the reports and suggestions submitted by the union government, regional governments, private organizations and farmers, the vice president stressed the needs and concluded the meeting.