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Two new projects for the Lancang-Mekong Cooperation Special Fund were launched in Yangon Tuesday followed by a seminar, discussing how to upgrade the deep processing of fruits and farm products in the Lancang-Mekong area.
Fruits and farm products are for the main exports of Lancang-Mekong countries. The two projects are designed to improve the current technology for local fruits processing, to increase the capability for agrricultral food production and to share the technology among the partners.
Yang Shouzheng, a representative of the Chinese Embassy in Myanmar, said at the ceremony that Lancang-Mekong countries are close neighbors with rich argricultural resources, and it is important to improve the processing technology for food security. China would like to assist the countries in the area achieve this target to benefit consumers as well as their economic development.
Sein Thaung Oo, Vice Chirman of the Myanmar Association of Fruit Processing for Export, thanked China’s special fund, saying that with this fund, the two projects will be brought on the fast track of upgrading the skills and security of food processing.
Recently, a joint screening team from the Chinese Embassy and Myanmar Foreign Ministry reviewed some of the 2019 projects in Yangon. The team found it very encouraging that all the participants of the projects were very active in restarting their work as soon as the pandemic eased.
The traditioal fishery processing establishments began to use purified water to ferment the fish paste with the equipment from China. Fish paste is a staple for the locals. The project in the Myanmar Information and Communication Technology Institute was also ready to recruit more trainees for an advanced training class for cloud technology.
“With this advanced technology, we can increse the security level of our banks,” the Deputy Director General of the Department of Research and Innovation of the Ministry of Education said. The team saw even greater progress at the Vegetable and Fruit Research Development Center.
They focused their research on a modern nursery for fast mutiplication of elite clones of vegetables and fruits. The officers showcased their snake melon, pummelon and jackfruit. Dr. Wunna Htoon told the team that the research paid much attention on less sugar content in the fruit, considering some consumers would be sensitive to it.
In general, all the projects under the Lancang-Mekong Cooperation Special Fund performed very well. Khin Ma Ma Myo, a professor of international relations at Yangon University, also described the Lancang-Mekong Cooperation Special Fund as a badly needed fund in Myanmar for its flexible policy and multiple fields. It benefits all the people and all the countries in the area, and not only improves people’s lives but also provides the countries a more promising economy.