A ceremony to provide input equipment to protect against the fall armyworm and hand out Good Agricultural Practice G.A.P certificates took place at the Aung Mingalar Hall in Hsenwi Township, Shan State, on 21 April.
Dr. Aung Thu, the Union Minister for Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation, delivered a speech at the ceremony, where he highlighted the challenges of climate change and pests on agricultural production and what needs to be done to resolve these issues.
The Union Minister then handed over pesticide sprayers and personal protective clothing and Shan State Minister for Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation, U Sai Lone Kyaw, handed over pesticide for the farmers to a representative.
Additionally, Permanent Secretary Dr. Khin Zaw and Dr. Ye Tint Tun, the Director-General of the Agriculture Department, handed over maize seeds and fertilizers donated by C.P Company and G.A.P certificates to officials respectively. In the afternoon, the Union Minister and delegation attended a meeting with department officials in Shwe Li Yadanar meeting hall in Muse Township. He instructed them to be extra diligent in preventing diseases transmitted from animals, continue the meat industry in Mya Sein Yaung Village, upgrade laboratories in the border regions, hire additional staff, and cooperate with relevant departments to monitor and prevent illegal transportation of animals and animal products through the border gates.
Afterwards, the Union Minister and delegation travelled to Namtu Family Dairy Farm near the 105-milepost in Muse Township and inspected the cattle and silage production.—MNA (Translated by Zaw Htet Oo)