25 Nov 2020 - Source: Eleven Myanmar - Myanmar has received four projects in the third batch to be implemented with Mekong-Lancang Cooperation special fund in the current 2020-2021 fiscal year, bringing to the total number of ongoing projects to 14, according to the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation on 23 November. 

Myanmar received five projects in the first batch in 2018-2019 FY, five projects in second batch in 2019-2020 FY and four projects in the third batch in the current financial year. To prevent delays in implementing those projects due to the Covid-19 crisis, a video conference took place on 23 November to seek ways to complete the project work as scheduled and decide action plans.

According to the ministry, a western states agribusiness project is being implemented in southern Chin State and northern Magway Region with US$20.257 million in aid provided by International Fund for Agricultural Development-IFAD.  That agribusiness project is one of the projects the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation and International Fund for Agricultural Development-IFAD are implementing on a cooperative basis.

The aim of the six-year project is to improve household income, ensure food security, create job opportunities, improve nutrition and make people resistant to climate change and improve their socio-economy in southern Chin State and northern Magway Region. The project tasks include repair and maintenance of irrigation facilities, land reclamation, productivity road construction, water and electricity supply, social infrastructure development, establishment of technology sharing centers and provision of modern agricultural and livestock services and techniques. Those tasks are being carried out by the departments under the ministry. 

Since the start of the project in 2018-2019 fiscal year to 2019-2020 FY, 262 acres of land were reclaimed, 557 people receiving training on agriculture, livestock and cottage industry. The project benefited 4,508 households. Moreover, thanks to a cash for work programme during the Covid-19 period, 47,225 workers and 3,148 households earned their income.