Rice Distribution and Inspection Trip in Myanmar (19-23 Nov 2017)
On 21 November 2017, Dr. Chan Tha, Minister for Social Affairs of the Rakhine State’s government, Mr. Aye Ko Ko, Deputy Director-General of the Department of Agriculture (DOA) of Myanmar, Mr. Chanpithya Shimphalee, General Manager of the APTERR Secretariat and APTERR team, comprising Mr. Yoshiharu Toeda, Japanese Expert, Ms. Jansinee Kannaew, Technical Staff for Implementation, and Ms. Voraporn Muenanan, Secretary to Japanese Expert, attended the handover ceremony of 267-MT rice contributed by the Republic of Korea to help people affected by the emergency in the Rakhine State. This rice is a part of Korea’s 500-MT rice contribution through the APTERR Tier 3 programme.
The group visited Buthidaung and Maungtaw Townships, where a number of ethnic groups are living, to distribute the rice assistance to 7,806 and 14,253 affected people in each township respectively. Apart from this, the rice will be allocated to other six townships namely Yathedaung, Punnagyun, Sittway, Kauktaw, Minbya and MraukU later. The total of beneficiaries are 26,747 affected people. The APTERR Secretariat has worked closely with the DOA to ensure that the rice assistance can be accessed by all affected people.
During the five-day trip to Myanmar, the APTERR Secretariat also visited the DOA’s warehouses in Yangon and Nay Pyi Taw for rice inspection. Currently, 233-MT rice contributed by Korea is stored in Yangon. Meanwhile, under Japan’s 500-MT contribution, 188.54-MT rice is stored in Yangon and 311.46-MT rice in Nay Pyi Taw. The result for rice inspection shows that the rice is in a good conditions, no insects, and safe for human consumption. The rice will be stored in the DOA’s warehouses for 12 months to be ready for providing a response to the needs of people during the emergency. Later, after the stockpile period, the rice will be released for poverty alleviation.