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United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization | World Food Day, 16 October
Department of Agriculture and Irrigation, Nay Pyi Taw. World Food Day 2013 was organised by the Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation and watched in Nay Pyi Taw. The opening address was given by H.E.U. Nyan Tun, Vice-President of the Republic of Myanmar, and H.E.U. Myint Hlaing, Minister of Agriculture and Irrigation.
Furthermore, (20) Union Ministers and Deputy Ministers from the ministries involved were present. In Myanmar, the World Food Day 2013 commercial was shown to the public. It took place on 16 October 2013 at the Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation, Nay Pyi Taw. Award ceremony, Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation, Nay Pyi Taw.
The ( (70) prize laureates, among them peasants, employees, donors, INGOs and producer groups, also received awards from the EU ministries involved for excellence in the fields of farming, silviculture, livestock farming and fishing. It took place on 16 October 2013 at the Ministry of Farming and Irrigation, Nay Pyi Taw.
Burma returns to Blackouts after the by-election
The RANGOON - Burma's state papers subsequently announced on Sunday, April 8, that electricity supplies for the entire nation were heavily rationalized from April 2. Referring to a declaration by the Ministry of Electricity No. 2, the news reports that the black-outs were due to an increase in domestic electricity use during the war.
It was published in the state newspapers Kyay Mone and Myanma Alin, but was not featured in The New Light of Myanmar government's voice. Obviously, all this was nothing new for the Rangoon and Mandalay population, who had suffered half-day blackouts since April 2, the wake of Burma's groundbreaking by-election.
Less affected were those in the countryside - mainly because they do not get any power from the Burmese authorities anyway (less than 25 per cent of Burma's more than 60 million inhabitants are connected to the country's public grid). State-owned newspapers said that the present generation of 1,529 MW could not meet the 1,720 MW requirement and that the rationalisation measure was "a last resort" to divide the power in turn into areas that have been split into three groups.
The first and second groups will have electric current from 7 a.m. to 12 p.m. according to the formal list of available electric energy described in the papers, while the current for the third group will be switched off. Two of the groups are then supplied with current from 12 to 17 o'clock, while a third group is left without current.
In Rangoon, the country's biggest town with more than 7 million inhabitants, the report claims that there will be no nightly outage. "We' ll be lighting up Rangoon with reserved electricity every single dark from tonight (April 6)," Kyay Mone Aung Khaing, Chairman of the Rangoon Energy Supply Board (RESB), cited.
Burma's state newspaper said that the current energy requirement for the former German capitol is 800 MW per year, i.e. 35 MW. 5% more than last year, and almost 50 per cent of the country's population. RESB last months announcement that electric current will soon be rationalised and that the blackouts will last until July.
In spite of an almost continuous stream of energy last year, in the big towns during the hottest months of the year from April to July, when climate control systems are used more often, the current was rationalised to around 12 hour per days. These serious blackouts come at a moment when Burma is the centre of global interest and overseas investment is monitoring the country's current policy reform and developing businesses.
Burma's populations have been used to black-outs and energy rationings since the end of the 1990s, and many have taken matters into their own hands by developing alternate energy sourcing. Many small businesses in Rangoon's commercial center depend on their own generating facilities, which pay more than $5 per Gallon for gasoline or gas.
"When the power is off, I have to use three gallon of fuel every day," said an ISP operator when he was standing next to his buzzing 25KW/25KVA alternator. Rangoon based Aung Ko Min, a copyist, pointed out that RESB recently increased the cost of power from 25 kyats per item to 35 kyats for home use and 75 kyats for work.
Burma's second biggest town, Mandalay, has also had its energy supplies rationalized. In the past year, the mega Adam projekt, which was supposed to generate around 3,600 to 6,000 MW of energy, was abandoned by President Thein Sein after an outcry. However, environmental activists pointed out that more than 90 per cent of the energy that would have been generated by the reservoir would have gone to China.
Meanwhile, most of Burma's methane goes to Thailand and supplies more than 30 per cent of its neighbor's generation capacious. "It is very discouraging to hear that so much of our propane is to be used to illuminate other lands while we are kept in the dark," said a Rangoonite.