YANGON, May 14 (Xinhua) -- An international workshop of ASEAN-Russia Joint Project on developing large-scale soil-geographic databases is underway in the capital of Nay Pyi Taw, according to the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation on Tuesday.
The third event of its kind, which began on Monday, will last for five days until Friday. Experts from Russia, Thailand and Myanmar attended the event, with participants discussing and exchanging news and information on soil geographic, putting in basic information on soil in databases, prevention of soil deterioration and maintenance of soil resources.
Minister of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation Dr. Aung Thu said the Myanmar side is cooperating with its soil development partners in five sectors, including soil management, development of knowledge, research, information and databases, while emphasizing the important role of soil in greening the natural environment and the production of nutritious food.
He said that due to a rising population and climate change, the world is facing the problems of increased need to produce more food and the deterioration of soil, calling on regional and international experts to cooperate and seek ways to overcome the problems.
The first international workshop on soil-geographic databases was held in Moscow in May 2018, while the second was in Bangkok in December the same year.