Myanmar draws plan to cushion agri sector from COVID-19

Myanmar will draw up a Food Security Master Plan to cushion the agriculture and livestock sector from COVID-19, U Myo Tint Tun, Deputy Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation (MOALI), told The Myanmar Times.

The decision to draft such a plan came after a meeting on the implementation of the government’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan (CERP) with U Aung Thu, Minister of Agriculture, Livestock, and Irrigation.

“MOALI will work in collaboration with other relevant ministries to ensure food security for the country by preventing the decline of agriculture and livestock production due to COVID – 19. We will draft the Food Security Master Plan as soon as possible,” U Myo Tint Tun said.

The plan aims to alleviate the socio-economic impact of COVID-19 on the rural people, including farmers. It will also be drawn in line with Myanmar Sustainable Development Plan.

Under the plan, MOALI will focus on sufficient production of agricultural crops and livestock for domestic market consumption. Surplus products will be exported to foreign markets, U Myo Tint Tun said.

As such, it will also prioritise storage, food processing, domestic distribution as well as overseas market linkages.

The Food Security Master Plan will provide continuous support for agriculture, livestock and fisheries, U Hla Tun said, carrying on from the CERP.

Under the CERP, the government has so far disbursed 75 percent of the K92 billion in funds allocated to ease the impact on the sector since the pandemic first broke out in Myanmar in late March.

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Source : Myanmar Times

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