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Myanmar has sent military troops to Thailand, as part of a bilateral military program to exchange agricultural knowledge.
Chief of the Defense Forces Gen Sommai Kaotira welcomed 13 soldiers from the neighboring country, the fifth generation of trainees in the program. For one week, the Burmese soldiers learned agricultural skills and animal husbandry at the Royal Development Projects and Security Coordination Center of the Royal Thai Armed Forces Headquarters.
The exchange program was prompted by the devastation of Cyclone Nargis in 2008, which caused the worst natural disaster of Myanmar’s history. Nargis resulted in 140,000 deaths, four billion US dollars in damages, and 42 percent of food stocks destroyed.
Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn had spearheaded Thailand’s relief efforts for disaster victims in Myanmar through the use of royal funds, as well as directing the military to restore crop cultivation, build schools sponsored by the royal family, and hold workshops for Burmese authorities to rebuild after the devastation.