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Thein Sein calls for agricultural development

Myanmar President Thein Sein said that the country must promote the development of its agricultural sector, and called for long- and short-term plans to be implemented to transform conventional farming into mechanized farming across the country, according to a report in China’s Xinhua News Agency.

A Myanmar farmer with two bulls yoked to a hand-guided plow. Photo: MizzimaSpeaking in Finland on Saturday on the occasion of Myanmar’s Peasants’ Day, Thein Sein reportedly called on the government to increase agricultural loans.

“The president encouraged farm enterprises to shift from the export of raw agricultural produce to quality product by establishing advanced rice mills, oil mills, refineries and packaging facilities,” Xinhua reported.

He reportedly urged farmers to boost production as Myanmar's population is expected to reach about 100 million in the next 30 years, the report said.

Meanwhile, the Myanmar government and the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) signed a five-year Country Program Framework Agreement (2012-16) in February to implement three of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

The program will be carried out by the FAO and three Myanmar ministries—Agriculture and Irrigation, Livestock & Fisheries, and Forestry.

Full Xinhua article:

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