DEPUTY minister for Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation Dr Aung Gyi and officials visited orange farms in Inn Nge Village, P indaya Township and Kaung Boh village-tract, Yaksawk Township, southern Shan State respectively on 28 November.
During his visit, the deputy minister discusses current orange cultivation and crop disease prevention activities, issues related to departmental and farmer cooperation on the use of high-quality seeds and necessary research activities, soil conservation, and issues related to the use of modern irrigation systems for efficient use of irrigation water.
The deputy minister also stressed coordination with relevant departments is essential for the establishment of orange farmers' cooperatives.
After wards, the deputy minister and party inspected the production and sale of budding orange seedlings and the propagation of budding in orange farms.
It is reported that 500,000 to 1,000,000 orange saplings are produced and distributed annually in Kaung Boh Village.
After wards, the deputy minister and party visited Zawgyi Reservoir, 28 miles north of Yaksawk Township, Taunggyi District, Shan State (South).
On the reports of the officials, the deputy minister called for the efficient and effective use of water resources which is important for the development of agriculture. The need to focus on the sustainable use of main dams and irrigation canals was also discussed.
The Zawgyi Reservoir has a catchment capacity of 517,863 acres and generates 30 million kilowatt-hours of electricity annually with 12 megawatts (6 megawatts x 2 units) of hydropower.
Through Myogyi Dam in Kyaukse District, Mandalay Region, the Zawgyi Dam is helping to rejuvenate the Meiktila Plain.