August 19, 2016

Agriculture and livestock, the lifeblood for national economy

As a developing country, Myanmar has to rely on its agricultural sector not only for food security but also as a source of income. These days, agriculture no longer exists on its own. It has been associated with livestock. As long as country exists, agriculture and animal farming will go on. In other words, the development of these sectors is the lifeblood for national economic growth.
It is, therefore, imperative for the government to protect and promote the rights and interests of farmers across the country since they make up over 70% of the country’s population. Another important thing about the promotion and protection of the rights and interests of farmers is that the agricultural and livestock sector has the potential to contribute
greatly to economic development simply because the sector still remains a large provider of employment opportunities.
With this end in view, the government in its recent economic policy vowed to place special emphasis on balanced development in agriculture, livestock and industry to ensure food security and inclusive economic growth.
According to Vice President U Henry Van Thio, the rigorous implementation of the measure to protect and promote the welfare of farmers across the country calls for urgent action as the agricultural growth is critical to national economic development.
On the whole, the agricultural development strategies should focus on enhancing agricultural production to ensure food security, food safety and food quality, management of land use and natural resources, and disaster preparedness.


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