Senior General Min Aung Hlaing inspects implementation of Prawn Farming Zone Thilawa (Shukhintha), operations of Ship Breaking Yard (Thilawa) of Myanmar Economic Corporation

NAY PYI TAW March 15

Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, accompanied by Commander-in-Chief (Navy) Admiral Tin Aung San, Commander-in-Chief (Air) General Maung Maung Kyaw, senior military officers from the Office of the Commander-in-Chief (Army) and Commander of Yangon Command Maj-Gen Thet Pon, inspected the implementation of Prawn Farming Zone Thilawa (Shukhintha) between the Yangon River and the Hmawwun Creek in Kyauktan Township in Yangon Region and Ship Breaking Yard (Thilawa) of Myanmar Economic Corporation on the bank of the Yangon River this morning.First, the Senior General and party arrived at Prawn Farming Zone Thilawa (Shukhintha), where Colonel San Lwin of local military engineering unit reported to the Senior General on the digging of prawn farms and Quartermaster General Lt-Gen Nyo Saw and Senior Advisor U Thant Swe to Myanmar Economic Corporation gave supplementary reports to the Senior General.

After hearing reports, the Senior General pointed out that it is necessary to carry out livestock breeding tasks with the use of modern techniques systematically and successfully. It is important to divide work phases and implement one phase after another successfully. The Tatmadaw must be able to contribute to the food sector of families of the Tatmadaw and people in Yangon Region by cheaply selling meat, fish, milk, different eggs and vegetables produced by its three agriculture and livestock Farming zones such as Thilawa, Shwe Muyin and Hlegu 26th-Mile. Shwe Muyin Fish Breeding Zone in Twantay Township must take measures to fullfil the meat and fish needs in Yangon Region. The prawn farming zone must take measures not only to breed prawn but also to raise meat and egg ducks and eels successfully. In the first place, the zone is required to sell prawn cheaply and abundantly in the region and to meet standards so that prawn can be exported. As nature of fish and prawn is different, it is necessary to coordinate with experts to systematically carry out dredging of farms. Shrimps must be quality pedigree species and it is necessary to draw a plan to operate hatching. The Senior General urged them to grow mangrove plants in a row suitable for the region in order to maintain the river banks. An agricultural zone must be established in the extra land plot of the prawn farming zone in order to successfully produce vegetables for selling meat, fish and vegetables at cheap prices to more than 50,000 employees from Thilawa Industrial Zone and those from the region.The Senior General and party inspected dredging of prawn farms by the local military engineering unit with the use of vehicles and heavy machinery and gave instructions on dredging the prawn farms, meeting set standard, systematic maintenance of the farms not to cause damage in monsoon, timely completion of tasks before monsoon and clean and tidy work process.On arrival at the ship breaking yard (Thilawa) of Myanmar Economic Corporation on the bank of Yangon River in Kyauktan Township, the Senior General and party heard reports on progress of tasks and future plans by yard manager U Nyi Nyi Naing. Quartermaster General Lt-Gen Nyo Saw, Senior Advisor U Thant Swe to Myanmar Economic Corporation and officials gave supplementary reports.

In his response to the reports, the Senior General said the ship breaking yard needs to produce raw materials of steel to meet the demand of steel plants by breaking old vessels from domestic and international lines, overage and damaged vehicles. It is estimated Myanmar’s demand of steel reaches 2.5 million tons of steel per year, and it will reach five million tons of steels in coming five years. As such, it is necessary to seek various ways and means for operating the yard at full capacity and for receiving increased volume of raw materials. Efforts should be made for operating steel plants step by step so as to manufacture quality steel and related equipment at home. The Senior General noted that it is necessary to focus on welfare of workers.

The Senior General and party viewed round the ship breaking yard and left necessary instructions.

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