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February 26, 2018

No plan to abolish 99 lakes project in Yinmabin Township: Dr Tun Win

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THE Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation has no plan to abolish the 99 lakes project in Yinmabin Township as the ministry is currently working on the task of installing machinery at 34 lakes as part of its preparations for overcoming water shortages, if and when they arise.
Dr Tun Win, Deputy Minister for Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation made the clarification in reply to a question raised by U Aung Soe of Yinmabin Township at the Pyithu Hluttaw yesterday.
The deputy minister said, “The 99 lakes project was implemented with the aim of distributing water to low-lying farmlands through irrigation tunnels, and it is essential for the emergence of the underground water conservation law for now.”
The ministry is currently conducting knowledge sharing talks on the over-flowing lakes, the installation of machinery equipments at 34 lakes with low water levels and is carrying out the project in order to stop the wastage of water and not to block wells. In response to a question raised by U Yan Lin of Kyaiklatt constituency over whether the ministry has a plan to open a research department on livestock farming including fish farming, Dr Tun Win replied that, “The newly reformed set-up of the department consists of research and development as a branch.”
He added, “The set-up of the ministry had been newly reformed and there are plans to increase research works to meet our present needs. For now, there is not yet a plan to organise a new department.” The deputy minister went on saying, “The ministry worked on the distribution of short-lived pedigree seeds.” He also said, “If T & C company violated the contract with local farmers, the latter are to file suits against the former. As regards using 121 acres of uncultivated land in the permitted area, under the supervision of the management committees on vacant, fallow and virgin land to be reformed, the task will be carried out in compliance with procedures.”
The Pyithu Hluttaw answered 8 questions, submitted one bill and read out a report in today’s session.


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