President Kovind reaches Yangon

Yangon [Myanmar] President Ram Nath Kovind and First Lady Savita Kovind arrived at Yangon, in the second leg of four-day visit Myanmar here on Wednesday.

Chief Minister of Yangon Phyo Min Thein along with other dignitaries welcomed them at the Yangon International airport.

The President along with the First Lady will participate in the wreath-laying ceremony at the Martyr’s Mausoleum, which is the resting place of General Aung San, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s late father. They are also scheduled to pay a visit to the famous Shwedagon Pagoda in the city.

Later in the evening, there will be a short meeting and a photo opportunity with veterans of the Indian National Army followed by a community reception.

Earlier in the day, President Kovind paid a visit to the Advanced Center for Agricultural Research and Education and the Rice Bio-park in Nay Pyi Taw and launched a mobile application for agricultural technology.

Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Raveesh Kumar took to Twitter, saying, “#PresidentKovind launches a mobile app on Agritech while dedicating Advanced Centre for Agricultural Research and Education -ACARE to people of #Myanmar in Yezin Agricultural University”
Both the Advanced Center for Agricultural Research and Education and the Rice Bio-park are funded by the Government of India under the bilateral Friendship Project. The institute will help scientists of Myanmar in research and capacity building.

President Kovind also visited some of the labs at the institution.

“Government of India assisted project – Advanced Center for Agriculture Research and Education – ACARE focuses on Genetics, Post Harvest Technology, Participatory Knowledge Management and capacity building for farmers in #Myanmar!” Raveesh Kumar tweeted.

President Kovind dedicated a Rice Bio Park in the Yezin Agricultural University to Myanmar, set up under the mentorship of MS Swaminathan Research Foundation.

Expressing President Kovind’s delight, the Rashtrapati Bhavan tweeted, “Happy to dedicate to the people of Myanmar the Rice Bio-Park, another India-Myanmar friendship project in Nay Pyi Taw. We are happy to share India’s experience of using rice biomass to enhance livelihoods of farmers of Myanmar. I wish the project all success #PresidentKovind”.

The President of India and the First Lady are scheduled to depart for India on December 14, after completing his engagements with Myanmar.