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Indian Government Donates Agriculture Equipment to Myanmar

19 March 2012

INDIA - The Indian government will provide US$10 million in assistance for the agriculture sector, its embassy in Yangon said last week.

Altogether 300 tractors, 150 combine harvesters, 288 power tillers and 775 implements have been provided. These are being distributed to farmers in various regions and states as per the priorities of the Myanmar government.

The statement said agriculture was a “priority area” of the Indian government’s assistance program to Myanmar.

“Apart from the supply of this machinery and implements, support is being extended by way of education and training in the agricultural as well as livestock and fisheries sector. Setting up of 10 disaster-proof rice silos in the cyclone-prone delta region was also undertaken [with] Indian assistance of $2 million in 2011,” it said.

The equipment was handed over to the Myanmar government at a March 9 ceremony in Yangon attended by Indian Foreign Secretary Mr Ranjan Mathai, Minister for Industry U Soe Thein and other senior officials from both sides.

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