A modern rice mill and a biomass power plant that burns rice husks to generate electricity were opened in Kyaiklat in Ayeyawady Region yesterday, with Vice-President U Henry Van Thio in attendance.
U Henry Van Thio, who is also the chairman of the leading committee for the protection of farmers’ rights, unveiled the signboard of the MAPCO Golden Lace rice mill and biomass power plant.
Present at the opening ceremony were Dr Than Myint, Union Minister for Commerce, U Hla Kyaw, Deputy Minister for Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation, Dr Htun Naing, Deputy Minister for Electricity and Energy and Mahn Jonny, Chief Minister of Ayeyawady Region.
The modern rice mill contains storage rooms, silos, and a husk-fired 2.2 megawatt power plant.
“We were greatly pleased and honoured for Myanmar Agribusiness Public Corporation to open this modern mill jointly with a husk-fired power plant — an industrial circle in the private sector which is needed for the development of Myanmar agricultural sector, especially for the development of the agricultural sector of Ayeyawady Region.
“It is important to modernise the agricultural sector as the sufficiency of food is more and more vital for the country. Contract farming can support pedigree seeds and agricultural techniques effectively and it can bring about secured markets and prices at harvest time.”
The Vice-President said high-quality storage buildings and drying machines for better quality of crops, plus grinding, refining and packing machines will have to be included in order to make a high-quality product.
“The State is making an effort to get a share of the international market for Myanmar’s agricultural produce. Arrangements are being made for disbursing agricultural loans more than ever to help in farmers’ agriculture. Disbursement of the loans under the plan of short-term loan, medium-term loans and long-term loans are being carried out with the loans to be borrowed from international institutions at low-interest rates” the Vice President said.
He added that the State has supported farmers whose crops were destroyed in natural disasters with a view to substitute other crops in ruined farmlands, and to renovate embankments, roads and bridges from the special fund for natural disasters. Power generation by using husk is beneficial for the fulfilment of power demand as well as helpful for the reduction of air and water pollution, helping to protect natural environment.
“We firmly believe that surplus power can be distributed to nearby local people. We would like to urge farmers who rely on farming, agricultural produce-related merchants and private organisations to produce high-quality agricultural produce more than expected and to get prices in accord with export quality.
Afterward, Dr Than Myint, Union Minister for Commerce, made an address, followed by explanation from U Chit Khaing, chairman of Myanmar Agribusiness Public Corporation and responsible officials from Lucky Export Company of India.
In addition, U Ye Min Aung, managing director of MAPCO and Katsuyasu, chairman of Fukuoka Seiyu Co., Ltd signed a memorandum of understanding for a joint-venture of production and export of bran oil. Then, Chief Minister and responsible officials handed over Ks12,255 Lakhs to 1,850 farmers from Kyaiklat, Dedaye, Phyarpon, and Bogale through representatives for growing expenses of 600 acres of paddy seeds and high-quality paddy of 5,500 acreage and harvesting expenses.
The Vice-President handed over the gifts in commemoration of the opening of the rice mill, with the Chief Minister of Ayeyawady Region and three farmers on behalf of local people giving words of thanks.
The modern 240-ton-producing rice mill, 200-ton-paddy-steaming-plant, 500-ton storage buildings, drying machines and 2.2 megawatt husk power plant are the first stage for Myanmar Agribusiness Public Corporation, with a bran oil mill, animal feed-producing mills, and rice flour, rice noodle and rice vermicelli mills to be built during the second stage.
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