ACCORDING to a statement by Dr Htun Win, Deputy Minister of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation, upgrades are to be made to current waterways, as well as the digging or entirely new ponds and rivers, in a bid to develop the country’s agriculture and livestock sectors.
The announcement came during the ceremony to celebrate the Myanmar Fisheries Federation’s 17th Anniversary on Sunday.
“In our country, which is known the world over for its delta region and abundance of ponds and lakes, there is a complete dearth of meat and fish. It’s a situation whereby the nation’s commercial capital relies on fish being delivered in from the heart of the Ayeyarwady Region,” said Dr Htun Win.
The present shortage of meat, fish and agricultural products within Myanmar reportedly stems from the systematic confiscation of farmland by consecutive erstwhile governments, rendering agricultural and livestock sectors with just 20 per cent of farmland left upon with which to conduct their activities.
“[Further] ponds will be dug in regions where fishing ponds already exist. The plan to rejuvenate these areas is a good one. But it’s a very large-scale initiative, encompassing the entire country,” said U Win Kyaing, general secretary of the Myanmar Fisheries Federation.
The issuing of state economic policy will reportedly see the industrial sector connect with the agriculture, meat and fish sectors in which value-added processed products will be exported to international markets in lieu of presently exported unprocessed goods.
Myanmar currently boasts of over 280 storage dams, and 49 diversion dams which can redirect water to supply irrigation systems and reservoirs.