The government will build at least three new power plants and electrical distribution systems in Sagaing Region under a multibillion kyat 2017-2022 plan of Ministry of Electricity and Energy plan, according to a Myanmar News Agency report on yesterday’s Pyithu Hluttaw proceedings.
Dr. Tun Naing, Deputy Minister for Electricity and Energy told Pyithu Hluttaw representatives that his agency will request a total of Ks4.1 billion in Union budget allocations this fiscal year and next for a 66-kilovolt generation plant, five transformer stations and a 26-mile power grid project in Sagaing Region. The ministry is studying the feasibility of installing a small or medium sized hydro-electrical power plant between Nan Win Creek and Nan Thalet Creek in Sagaing, the deputy minister said.
The deputy minister also said the government intends to spend Ks1.5 billion for a 33-kilovolt plant, a 16-mile electrical grid and five transformers in Mone Town. The last projects Dr. Tun Naing described under the five year plan were a 37-mile, 66 kilovolt power grid between Chauk and Yenanchaung with 15 transformers and a 33 kilovolt grid between Yenanchaung proper and an industrial zone nearby.
After that, Hluttaw representatives discussed the motion submitted by U Win Win of Minbu constituency urging the Union Government to distribute local-made Urea Fertilizer with systematic packing for quality control, to farmers at reasonable prices. The Hluttaw also discussed the need for distribution of urea fertilizer at reasonable prices and a method to prevent counterfeit products from entering the market. Myanmar’s agricultural industry suffers from a dearth of quality fertilizer, resulting in high prices, chronically low yields and poor quality crops.
Only three of five of Myanmar’s major fertilizer are currently active, said U Ne Htet Win, a representative of Hsin Paung Wei Township, Magway Region.
Dr. Tun Naing, the minister for electricity and energy told the body that on-shore gas wells that supplied fuel to two fertiliser plants had recently become unproductive. “So only three fertiliser factories are running as normal, producing only 7% of the agricultural needs of the whole country”, he said. “The remaining demand is being met through imports by private sector.”
Daw Thanda, a representative from Einme constituency emphasized that time was of the essence as farmers needed access to fertilizer at reasonable prices as agricultural loans are disbursed.
Kyaw Thu Htet (MNA)