Fish and prawn breeders required to adopt new breeding methods to enhance sector

Businessmen who are engaged in fish and prawn farming should adopt new techniques to enhance the sector, said U Win Kyaing, the general secretary of the Myanmar Fish Federation (MFF). MFF and non-governmental organisations have encouraged fish and prawn breeders to practice new breeding methods and discard the traditional methods. The aquatic resources in Myanmar […]

Influx of illicit Thai carp takes a bite out of Myanmar’s fishing industry

Yangon, June 29 – the influx of illicit carp into Myanmar from neighbouring Thailand is hurting domestic fish farming enterprises, according to the Myanmar Fisheries Federation (MFF). Approximately 6,000 viss (9,780 kgs) of carp arrives at Yangon’s central fish market everyday through unofficial channels via the Myanmar – Thai border town of Myawady. “We’ve been […]

Report highlights Myanmar’s aquaculture potential

A new report on Myanmar’s inland fish farms highlights a number of issues preventing the industry from reaching its potential, including land use regulations and a near-monopoly on feed. The study, carried out last year, was presented by the Centre for Economic and Social Development (CESD), Michigan State University (MSU), and the International Food Policy […]

Foreign investment into lagging agriculture and fisheries sectors urgently needed: exporters

The next government should urgently seek investment in the country’s lagging and underfunded agricultural and fisheries sector, to help halt and reverse the decline in exports, traders said. Of the US$38.18 billion received in foreign investment over the past five years, a bare $208 million has been ploughed into agriculture, according to the Directorate of […]

Illicit Fish and Meat Flooding over Thai Border

Fish, prawns and chicken meat are being smuggled over the border in shipping containers from Thailand, according to a letter of complaint from the Kayin State Fisheries Association to the Myanmar Livestock Federation (MLF). “Prices of chicken and fish are high in Myanmar but prices outside of the country are low. There are containers coming […]

Fishery sales keep slipping away

U YAQOUB says there is no question whether the fish business is in crisis. A 50-year-old resident of Kyimyindaing township, he employs two regular workers to meet local demand for the important protein source. He meets with brokers representing fish farms, negotiates the price and finalises orders. When the fish arrive, they are weighed and […]

Sliding scale: Fish exports slip away

Fish industry exports are likely to fall further this year as both over-fishing and under-investment continues to bite, officials from the Myanmar Fishery Federation (MFF) warned. Although the easing of sanctions opened up EU and US markets to exports, the industry cannot make the necessary investments in fish processing and refrigeration that it needs if […]

Investors avoiding fisheries

Foreign investors are staying away from Myanmar’s fisheries industry due to a lack of infrastructure and the prospect of prolonged returns, experts said. According to figures released last week by the Directorate of Investment and Company Administration (DICA), the fisheries and livestock sector has attracted just US$347.474 million between 26 companies, representing a mere 0.79 […]

Fishing industry to cut Thai lines

Thai fishing boats will not be able to trawl Myanmar’s territorial waters from March 2014 when a current agreement expires, a spokesperson for the Myanmar Fisheries Federation said in a meeting last week. The decision follows a workshop held by the Ministry of Livestock and Fisheries concerning Thai fishing rights in Nay Pyi Taw last […]