September 19, 2017

Protection and promotion of farmers’ rights and interests critical to national economic growth: Vice President

Vice President U Henry Van Thio addresses meeting of the Leading Committee for Farmers Rights, Protection and Interests Promotion.
Vice President U Henry Van Thio addresses meeting of the Leading Committee for Farmers Rights, Protection and Interests Promotion.

THE Leading Committee for Farmers Rights, Protection and Interests Promotion held its first plenary session at the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday.
Speaking at the meeting, Vice President U Henry Van Thio said that measures to protect and promote the rights and interests of farmers should be consistent with the implementation of government policies.
The vice president quoted the new economic policy stating that special emphasis would be placed on a balanced development of agriculture, livestock and industry to ensure inclusive economic growth, food security and increased export.
He spoke of a financial system that would help stabilise the monetary sector and enable families and farmers to enjoy sustainable economic growth.
He pointed out the need to have an insight into the current situation of the agricultural sector, calling for combined efforts to promote agriculture without focusing on paddy growing alone.
He described the rigorous implementation of farmers’ rights and interests as an urgent need for the country’s economic development. The government has enacted a law to protect the rights of farmers and promote their interests, the vice president said, adding that a leading committee has also been formed to ensure the welfare of farmers.
Union Minister for Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation Dr Aung Thu briefed those present on measures being taken to protect and promote the rights and interests of farmers, with Union Minister U Khin Maung Cho and Union Attorney-General U Tun Tun Oo giving follow-up briefings of their undertakings.

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