21 MAY 2020 - Source: The Global New Light of Myanmar

A conference on promoting Participatory Irrigation Management (PIM) was held at the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation yesterday.
Union Minister Dr Aung Thu, Deputy Minister U Hla Kyaw, Permanent Secretary U Kyaw Min Oo, director-general of the ministry's departments, and officials from the Department of Irrigation and Water Management attended the meeting.

Dr Aung Thu first delivered a speech where he said the availability of fresh water is steadily decreasing as climate change occurs around the world. He said the Department of Irrigation and Water Management needs to ensure farmers and cultivators have access to sufficient water supply for irrigation.

The Union Minister said they formed the water utilization association and published a manual and guidebooks for PIM back in April this year. He said this meeting will discuss PIM implementation so that farmers and cultivators are able to effectively use the right amount of irrigation for their fields.

Next, Director-General U Bo Bo Kyaw of the Department of Irrigation and Water Management explained the implementation process of PIM and the Union Minister gave instructions as necessary.

Experts working on the BWID (Irrigation Development Project in Western Bago Region), supported by JICA, and engineers from the Department of Irrigation and Water Management formed a task force in April 2017.

That task force compiled the PIM guidelines and handbook on forming a water utilization group. Water utilization groups were formed under a reservoir drinking water system starting from 2000 before the PIM guidelines were drafted. There were 1,206 WUGs formed in that regard. With the expansion of WUGs and WUAs, there are now 1,587 WUGs and 8 WUAs.— MNA (Translated by Zaw Htet Oo)