Senior General Min Aung Hlaing meets departmental personnel and local residents in Coco Island Township.
Senior General Min Aung Hlaing views production of coconut oil.
Senior General Min Aung Hlaing views production of coconut products.
Nay Pyi Taw March 31
Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services Senior General Min Aung Hlaing left the No.3 Naval Jetty at Thanlyin Station at 4 pm yesterday onboard the frigate Hsinbyushin with frigate Aungzeya as the vanguard for Coco Island and arrived there at 9.10 am today. Senior General Min Aung Hlaing was accompanied by Deputy Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services Commander-in-Chief (Army) Vice-Senior General Soe Win, Commander-in-Chief (Navy) Admiral Tin Aung San, Commanderin- Chief (Air) General Khin Aung Myint, senior military officers of the Office of the Commander-in- Chief (Army) and officials. On arrival at the island, the Senior General and party were welcomed by Chief-of-Staff (Navy) Rear- Admiral Moe Aung and officials of the local Naval base headquarters.
At the headquarters’ farm, the Senior General and party inspected raising of Novogen Brown layers, DYL pig farming, dairy cow breeding, seasonal crop cultivation, greenhouse crop cultivation and milk and vegetables produced by the farm. They then inspected the rebuilding of Coco Island Development Camp in accord with its documented original design and paving of an earth road from the Coco Island round road to Kywet Island. They then viewed production process of pure coconut oil, arrangements for coconut charcoal production and the displayed coconut-based home decoration items including chandeliers at the Naval Region Command Headquarters’ production industry of coconut-based goods and house-hold items. They were conducted by officials.
The Senior General inspected the production of knickknacks made of coconut by Tatmadaw family members and locals. He next explained mass production of coconuts on Coco Island as there are over 40,000 coconut plants, the need to make coconut products more attractive for customers, making of more innovative products and systematic production.
Then, the Senior General met with service personnel, townelders and local residents at the hall of Coco Island Township.
The Senior General said he wanted to extend greetings while giving foodstuffs he brought to the people of Coco Island, adding that he had visited the region very often. During the first visit, requirements for living conditions of the local people were fulfilled as much as possible after he had learned their needs, said the Senior General. The town dwellers themselves need to work hard depending on the way they can earn to support their families. Agriculture is found thriving at Coco Island Naval Region Command Headquarters. Novogen Brown farm of the headquarters can distribute 35 percent of chicken eggs required for the local people at reduced prices. Moreover, DYL pig and dairy cow breeding, cultivation of seasonal crops in greenhouses and other crop plantations are successful. Therefore, under the leadership of the local authorities and townselders, the local residents must engage in agriculture and livestock breeding. There are a large number of coconut trees on Coco Island and about 400,000 coconuts are produced yearly to help improve family income. A lot of income can be earned in production of coconut oil from coconut, use of coconut dust as fertilizer and manufacturing of knickknacks with the use of coconut products in cottage industries. The Tatmadaw will help local residents carry out agriculture and livestock breeding tasks and coconut and coconut products industries. As natural resources will run out gradually, it needs to systematically grow more coconut palm plants. All the people should participate in keeping the town neat and tidy as well as building tasks in a conscientious manner. Thanks to collaborative efforts of the Tatmadaw and people, local residents will enjoy fruits of better socio economy.
Then, the Senior General presented packets of biryani and Shwepuzun cakes to local residents and families of service personnel through the township administrator.
Afterwards, Vice-Senior General Soe Win and Pyithu Hluttaw representative Thura U Thet Swe gave foodstuffs and gifts to officials.
Next, a townselder spoke words of thanks. The Senior General and party cordially greeted those present.
After that, the Senior General and party paid homage to Zina Marazein Pagoda. After offering flowers, water and oil lights, they went round the pagoda clockwise. The Senior General presented cash donation to the Pagoda Board of Trustees. Then, they took the Five Precepts from Abbot Sayadaw U Aggavamsa at Sasana Mandaing Monastery. Later, the Senior General and party donated offertories and cash for nine prerequisites to the Sayadaw.
By extending agriculture and livestock breeding production with the conviction that the Tatmadaw must be in the service of the country and the people, it should help fulfil the public food requirement. The people of Yangon must be taken into consideration apart from the officers, other ranks and families of the command, said Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services Senior General Min Aung Hlaing during his inspection of the No.1 Agriculture and Livestock Breeding Camp (Sawbwagyigon) of Yangon Command.
The Senior General accompanied by Deputy Commander- in-Chief of Defence Services Commander-in-Chief (Army) Vice-Senior General Soe Win, Commander-in- Chief (Navy) Admiral Tin Aung San, Commander-in- Chief (Air) General Khin Aung Myint, senior military officers of the Office of the Commander-in-Chief (Army), the commander of Yangon Command and officials visited the camp yesterday morning.
At the brief ing hall, the command commander explained the raising of Novogen Brown layers and broilers under modern airconditioning system, DYL pig farming, dairy cow breeding, systematic surface layer, middle layer and bottom layer species-wise fish farming, Ngwehnin mushroom and banana cultivation, year-round seasonal crop cultivation in Greenhouse, distribution of meat, fish and vegetables of the camp to officers, other ranks and families of the command at reasonable prices, selling of the produce to the people at Taing Shwegon Shop No.1 in Sawbwagyigon and Taing Shwegon Shop No.2 in Baukhtaw at reasonable prices.
In response to the report, the Senior General said that in engaging in agriculture and livestock, it is necessary to transform from test-run cultivation to a mass cultivation and production system. Priority must be given to growing crop items which are popular among the consumers such as okra, radish, cabbage and green chilli and their production must be boosted. As land space is so valuable, no space should be left in cultivating crops and vegetables. Growing crops layer by layer in greenhouses based on the type of crop item will save land space and use of water. The cultivation of such vegetables as drumsticks and bananas should also be considered. The military headquarters need to grow windbreaks to maintain sound climate and prevent natural disaster. In running the military-owned agricultural and livestock farms, profit-seeking is not important and it must mainly target the 100 percent consumption needs of Tatmadawmen and their families, the needs for retired Tatmadawmen and pensioners, sale of products for the local people at cheaper rates and the welfare of students, civil servants and ordinary people.
Then, the Senior General and party viewed raising of Novogen Brown layers with the modern air-conditioning system at the agriculture and livestock breeding camp. A total of 10,000 Novogen Brown layers are being bred at the camp, and they lay 95 percent of eggs during the four-week laying period.
Next, the Senior General and officials were conducted round by officials at thriving of Chinese kale, mustard and cauliflower plantations in the green houses.
The agriculture and livestock breeding camps from Yangon Command produced more than 760,000 chickens, 595 piglets, 1,490,247 viss of chicken, 201,884 viss of pork, 4,735 viss of mutton, 27,308 viss of beef, 9,612 viss of duck, 451,220 viss of fish, 1,125,870 duck eggs, 22,026,824 hen eggs and 138,921 viss of milk from January 2016 to February 2017. These products were supplied as wet ration to respective regiments and units sold to families of military units and people at fair prices.
Senior General Min Aung Hlaing gives instructions to officials on construction of Thiri Mingala Maha Sasana Beikman.
Photo shows front elevation and left side elevation of Thiri Mingala Maha Sasana Beikman.
Nay Pyi Taw March 30
Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, accompanied by Deputy Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services Commander- in-Chief (Army) Vice- Senior General Soe Win, Commander-in-Chief (Navy) Admiral Tin Aung San, Commander-in-Chief (Air) General Khin Aung Myint, senior military officers of the Office of the Commander-in- Chief (Army), the commander of Yangon Command and officials, this afternoon viewed construction of Thiri Mingala Maha Sasana Beikman with the donations of families of Tatmadaw (Army, Navy and Air) and well-wishers in the precinct of Lawka Chantha Abhaya Labha Muni Buddha Image on Mindhamma Hill in Insein Township.
At the briefing hall, an official reported on progress in construction of the Sasana Beikman. The Senior General instructed officials to systematically grow fl owery plants, shade trees and windbreaks for cleaning and beautifying the environment, carry out construction of the car park, public toilets, ensuring proper flow of water and drainage system in coordination with the Pagoda Board of Trustees and complete all construction tasks decorated with Myanmar handicrafts on schedule.
Afterwards, the Senior General and party together with members of the Pagoda Board of Trustees viewed progress of earthworks. The stake-driving ceremony of the Thiri Mingala Maha Sasana Beikman took place there on 9 March. It will be a 186 feet by 72 feet two-storey Beikman. Upon completion of construction, the Sasana Beikman will be a venue to hold the religious examinations for members of the Sangha and religious ceremonies in Yangon North District.
Fruit and vegetables being sold at the floating market.
Inlay March 29
A new floating market will be built in Myanmar’s famous Inlay Lake in Shan State in May as the existing floating market in Heyar Village gradually turns into the land, said sources from
the tourism industry.
One reason Shan State attracts international touristis due to world-famous Inlay Lake with floating islands and the custom and tradition of Inn ethnics. Therefore, the authorities are taking systematic measures for the conservation and beautifying of the grand lake. The existing floating market has seen such changes since 2000, so the plan has started to open a new market to catch greater attraction of local and international visitors.
Out of the 20 floating villages, Inpawkhon Village and Nanpanpaukpar Village which still have 70 to 80 per cent floating homes have been tentatively selected for a new market where textile, silverware and local products will be sold.
A coordination meeting also took place to discuss the conservation of Inlay Lake, protection of watershed areas, biodiversity and wood plantations, improvement of socio-economy of the local people and systematic sharing of funds. The meeting was held at the office of the Shan State government on 18 March. It was also attended by Union Minister for Hotels and Tourism U Ohn Maung.
The union minister also held a meeting on 19 March with civil society organizations and non-governmental organizations to discuss the conservation and maintenance of the Inlay Lake.