The Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation of Myanmar (MOAI) organized the public consultation meetings between February 3 and 10, 2015 to inform and consult with the public and stakeholders on the Agricultural Development Support Project (ADSP). The project is funded by the World Bank.
The project seeks to increase crop yields and cropping intensity in the selected existing irrigation systems in Bago East, Nay Pyi Taw, Mandalay, and Sagaing regions. This will be achieved through improved irrigation and drainage management and complementary farm advisory and technical services. The regions selected for the project have a large number of poor estimated at 34 percent of all poor in Myanmar, and they account for 80 percent of the existing gravity irrigation systems in the country. The direct project beneficiaries will be farm households in selected existing irrigation schemes.
There were five public consultation meetings:
- The meeting for Swar Chaung irrigation system was held from 9:00 am to 11:00 am on February 3, 2015 at Darmmaryone, Pyi-sot village, near the Mile Post 196/4 of the Yangon-Mandalay Old Express Road
- The meeting for Sin Tay irrigation system was held from 9:00 am to 11:00 am on February 4, 2015 at the Agricultural Center, Nyaung-Ion village
- The meeting for Male Nat Taung irrigation system was held from 9:00 am to 11:00 am on February 5, 2015 at the Reception building, Male Nat Tuang Dam
- The meeting for North Yamar irrigation system was held from 9:00 am to 11:00 pm on February 6, 2015 at the Monastery, Kyay-ta-myar village
- The meeting with NGOs and CSOs was held from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm on February 10, 2015 at the Irrigation Department (Headquarters) in Yangon
All meetings were open to the public, including national and international NGOs and CSOs. The meetings in the project sites were held in Myanmar language, and the meeting in Yangon was held in both Myanmar and English languages.
Please see the following project documents: Project Information Document at appraisal, final Environmental and Social Management Framework (in English with Myanmar version to be uploaded soon), and final Social Assessment (in English and Myanmar languages).