Rangoon, 6 Oct - The 'Seminar on the Rice Sector Policy: Neighbouring Countries Experiences' was jointly organized by the Burmese Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation and the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization at a hotel in Rangoon on 3 October, according to the daily Myanmar Alin.
In the seminar Minister for Agriculture and Irrigation Maj-Gen Nyunt Tin said the government put into motion a new rice policy to boost the yield and trading of rice. He also stressed that it is important to learn the rice sector policies and experiences of neighbouring countries.
In a bid to implement the new rice policy actions have been taken across
In August forty bags of rice were confiscated by the Burmese Army on the Maungdaw - Buthidaung motor road, close to
A farmer in the area said to our correspondent, "We are in doubt about the new rice procurement policy of the regime, because there has been no sign of implementing what they said. Again there are already five-member rice purchase committees formed in our village to whom we have been directed to sell rice. We don't know how the new policy will actually be implemented."
Last year the regime bought rice at kyat 30,000 for 250 bushels from the rice growers while the outside price was kyat 200,000, the farmer said.
The seminar was also addressed by Resident Representative of FAO Mr Tang Zhengping, Dr David Charles DAWE of IRPRC, Dr V Bruce J Tolentino of Vietnam and Mr Vichai Sriprasert of Thailand, and Mr Tang Shengyao of PRC who shared the rice sector policies and experiences of their respective countries. #