U Tun Tun of Pwintbyu constituency submitted a motion yesterday urging the union government to implement nationwide agricultural training courses and seminars to improve the quality of agricultural education in the country, as well as enhance the livelihoods of farmers.
During the Pyithu Hluttaw session yesterday, Speaker U T Khun Myat called for the Hluttaw’s approval to replace Pyithu Hluttaw committee members, while Deputy Minister U Hla Kyaw of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation answered asterisk-marked questions and a report was read.
U Myo Zaw Oo of Lewe constituency asked whether the Sin Ohn cistern in Lewe Township would be rebuilt.
Deputy Minister U Hla Kyaw replied that the Sin Ohn cistern was in use since 1958, and is linked to Chaung Ma Nge reservoir to irrigate 4,560 acres of monsoon crops and 2,074 acres of summer crops. He said the cistern did not require immediate emergency repairs, so the spending will be focused on other high priority objectives but added there were plans to inspect the cistern in the future for a detailed analysis.
Livestock farming, making bricks on farmland
U Tun Tun Naing of Kani constituency asked whether farm owners who wished to use their farmlands for breeding livestock and making bricks would receive legal permits in the allotted time.
The deputy minister replied that interested individuals or farmers must first apply to use their farmlands for other ventures, in accordance with the 2012 Farmland Law. The concerned farmland management group or department will then systematically review applications in their monthly meetings and act in accordance with the 2012 Farmland Law.
Further water supply system in Kengtung
U Steven of Kengtung constituency asked whether a portion of the union budget would be allotted to establish a further water supply system in Kengtung.
The deputy minister replied that the water distributing process in Kengtung involved constructing an intake tank that would cost Ks9.7 million and linking 160,000 feet of 8”GI pipes from Kwi Nam Kaing spring to the reservoir at the eight miles checkpoint would cost Ks539.1 million.
He said the Shan State Government had allotted Ks50 million for the 2017-2018 fiscal year period and had begun purchasing 8”GI pipes. The Shan State Government has additionally allotted Ks200 million from its Early Disaster Prevention fund this year, and the remaining costs will be submitted for allocation in the 2018-2019 fiscal year period, he said. The deputy minister then answered questions put forth by Dr. Daw Shwe Pon of Bago constituency, U Nyan Hein of Thanbyuzayat constituency, and U Zarni Min of Shwegu constituency.
MPs to discuss agricultural eduction, socio-economy of farmers
Next, U Tun Tun of Pwintbyu submitted a motion urging the union government to implement nationwide agricultural training courses and seminars to improve agricultural education, as well as enhance the livelihoods of farmers. He said Myanmar had surplus rice, crops, meat and fish, in addition to ideal weather conditions and land for agriculture, but the general populace required skills and knowledge to use them effectively.
An MP voiced his approval of the motion and after obtaining the approval of the Hluttaw, the speaker announced that the motion would be taken up for discussion and interested MPs were asked to sign up.
U Ba Shein of Kyaukpyu constituency then tabled a motion to discuss the bill to amend the Myanmar National Human Rights Commission Law and an MP seconded the motion. The motion was balloted via electronic voting, and the results were 38 for votes, 328 against votes, and five abstentions. Thus, Speaker U T Khun Myat announced the motion as rejected by the assembly.
The seventh-day meeting of the eighth regular session of the second Pyithu Hluttaw will be held tomorrow.
Aye Aye Thant (MNA)