Thai rice illegally imported into Myanmar

As domestic rice prices increase, cheaper and higher quality rice is now being illegally imported from Thailand, Myanmar rice traders say. Speculation over rice shortages since nationwide flooding in July and August increased transportation costs in some areas, and high production costs for farmers have driven up rice prices around the country. To still the […]

Muse rice traders hoping New Years brings better luck

Muse-based rice traders are hopeful that the Year of the Sheep will improve their fortunes. Rice exports to China have plummeted to almost nothing from peaks of 2000 tonnes a day following a series of raids conducted by Chinese customs on allegedly illegal rice importers on the Chinese side of the border. The Muse commodity […]

Rare algae farms grow as harvests drop off

Spirulina has been harvested from Twin Daung lake in Sagaing’s Bu Ta Lin township for over a decade, but climate change and diverted rivers are being blamed for the drop-off in natural production. “The quality and effect of natural spirulina and artificially-created spirulina might not be exactly the same, but it won’t be much different […]