Some farmers say the duration of the six-month loans now being handed out by the agriculture ministry is too short. The Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation yesterday gave cooperative loans worth K500 billion (US$420 million) to the Nay Pyi Taw Council area in a ceremony to mark International Day of Cooperatives 2016.
No action will be taken against farmers who take part in “plough campaigns” to cultivate land they claim was stolen from them, Mandalay Chief Minister U Zaw Myint Maung has announced. He said on July 1 that the police would no longer make arrests for trespassing and causing “damage” in such cases.
Nay Pyi Taw’s main bus station has resumed collecting tolls from vehicles that enter its compound. As of July 1, vehicles are being charged from K100 to K1500 to enter Bawgathiri Highway Bus Station, depending on size. The station stopped collecting tolls in 2007.
The government’s dual peacemaking sub-committees held discussions yesterday in Nay Pyi Taw in a bid to prepare to meet today with the eight non-state armed group signatories to Myanmar’s so-called nationwide ceasefire agreement.
An Indian citizen who had come to Nay Pyi Taw for a meeting with the Meteorology and Hydrology Department was found dead in his hotel room bed on June 29.
Paddy farmers in Kayin State have less than three weeks to ward off a threat to their crop – by eliminating snail eggs before they hatch, officials say. The state Agriculture Department is warning that favourable weather conditions are likely to produce more snails than last year, but it is not too late to seek out and destroy their eggs.
With the so-called nationwide ceasefire agreement as its “foundation,” the new government’s peace process will have the Tatmadaw’s full support as a cohesive actor ensuring the accord’s terms are honoured, the military chief said yesterday.