The 8th day meeting of Pyithu Hluttaw yesterday approved a proposal on agricultural and livestock sector, discussed farmland management, dispute on land boundary and erection of telecom posts. The meeting also approved the National Record and Archives Bill.
Research and Extended production
U Sein Win, MP of Maubin constituency, urged the Union government to support research and extended production system in developing the quantity and quality of agricultural and livestock products for foreign markets.
The proposal was supported by U Min Thine, MP of Bogalay constituency, saying that the farmers are facing with deficiencies in the markets, severe weather conditions, high labour wages, less capital and lack of technologies in production of high quality products.
U Hla Kyaw, Deputy Minister for Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation, affirmed the proposal, saying that his ministry was collaborating with the relevant ministries, private sector, civil societies and development partners to narrow the gap in this sector even compared with neighbouring countries.
As no one filed objection against the proposal, the Speaker of Pyithu Hluttaw approved it.
Query on land management
U Tin Ko Ko Oo (a) U A Tot, MP of Belin constituency, asked about management of the Department of Agriculture Land Management and Statistics for accuracy in land mapping.
U Hla Kyaw, Deputy Minister for Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation, replied that the ministry was emphasizing on production of digital land maps on the availability of staff members and funds to support for adopting land policies of the State, implementing agricultural development plans and supporting efficiency of foodstuff and living for the people.
Measures for dispute settlements on boundaries of land and property
U Nyan Hein, MP of Thanbyuzayat constituency, asked about adopting a procedure to effectively and immediately solve disputes on boundaries of land and property.
The deputy minister replied that it is not required to adopt further procedures for settlement of land and property disputes as the Department of Agriculture Land Management and Statistics is handing these issue in line with the existing law to avoid any loss of land owners.
Erection of telecom towers
U Toe Thaung, MP of Mongmit constituency, asked about the plan for putting the telecom towers up at mountainous areas of Mongmit Township.
Daw Aye Mya Mya Myo, MP of Kyauktan constituency, asked about registration of mobile SIM cards is to be carried out by national registration card or biometric system.
Deputy Minister U Thar Oo of Transport and Communications replied these questions. MP U Aung Than from Khamti constituency asked to remove the status of Khamti jewelry land as it has turned into residential areas of villages in nine village-tracts.
MP U Nay Htet Win from Sinbaungwe constituency asked to conduct educative campaigns for prevention of deforestation and reduction of carbon emission in the remote areas with no electrification.
The query was replied by Deputy Minister Dr Ye Myint Swe. MP U Thein Tan from Hlegu constituency asked about the management of Cooperative Department on the allocation of annual profit from the shares contributed to CB Bank and the savings of cancelled cooperatives in bank accounts.
Deputy Ministry for Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation U Hla Kyaw replied it.
Speaker of Pyithu Hluttaw announced to approve the National Records and Archives Bill as the move could avoid any objection.
MP U Nyunt Win from Kanpetlet constituency suggested the Union government to adopt policies for supplying the production areas of valuable teaks and hardwoods with building factories, technologies and capital for timber finished products.
MP U Maung Maung from Htigyaing constituency supported the proposal, saying the assistance of relevant ministry in production of finished products.
MP U Saw Victor Kalaik of Thandaunggyi constituency and MP U Nay Linn Tun from Bokpyin constituency also supported the proposal.
In response to this proposal, Deputy Minister Dr Ye Myint Swe for Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation said that Myanma Timber Enterprise has no plan yet to build timber factories for finished products in line with the State’s policy to decrease timber production, to supply raw timbers for private industrial sector and to reduce the number of sawmills.
The deputy minister, however, said the MTE will sell raw timbers for economic development, and allow investment in developing private timber plantation, while private-owned factories for finished products have been along in states and regions and the government is implementing international agreements on forestation and environmental conservation.
He also insisted the proposal to be kept in records, and MPs agreed it before the conclusion of the meeting. — Maw Si, Hmwe Kyu Zin
(Translated by Aung Khin)