NAYPYIDAW – Indian President Ram Nath Kovind launched on Wednesday a cellphone app for farmers and dedicated a center to promote agricultural research and education in Myanmar, where he was making a five-day state visit.
Kovind arrived in Myanmar on Monday to boost ties between the two neighbors in sectors such as energy, communication, investment and agriculture.
He launched a mobile app, GreenWay, to help farmers track realtime information on agricultural technology, Indian foreign ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar tweeted.
Kovind also dedicated the Advanced Centre for Agricultural Research and Education (ACARE) to the people of Myanmar in Yezin Agricultural University, Kumar said.
Kovind’s office also tweeted pictures of the opening of the center, built with assistance from the Indian government, that will research on genetics, post harvest technology and capacity building for farmers in Myanmar, where nearly 70 percent of the population lives in rural areas.
The project is “funded by the people of India, under the bilateral friendship project (and) the institute will help scientists of Myanmar in research and capacity building,” the president’s office said.
Kovind also opened the Rice Bio Park, another India-Myanmar friendship project in Naypyitaw.
“We are happy to share India’s experience of using rice biomass to enhance livelihoods of farmers of Myanmar,” he said in another tweet.
The President and First Lady Savita later arrived at the Yangon International Airport on the final leg of his state visit. He was received by Yangon Chief Minister Phyo Min Thein.
On Tuesday, Kovind met with his Myanmar counterpart U Win Myint and State Counselor and de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi at the presidential house in Naypyitaw.
The presidents witnessed signing of two agreements of cooperation between the two countries in judicial training and science and technology, according to Kovind’s office.
India has invested in Myanmar’s infrastructure development projects including in the Trilateral Highway that will connect India to Thailand through Myanmar.