Fruit farmers consider forming public companies

Frustrated with complex procedures, taxes and advantages held by Chinese traders in the border town of Muse, fruit farmers in upper Myanmar have floated the idea of forming companies in the hope of finding strength in numbers. In May, the government tried to help farmers and small-scale importers and exporters in Northern Shan State, Mandalay […]

Mango farmers frustrated by money changers in Muse

The Ministry of Commerce is working to arbitrate a Mandalay dispute between mango farmers and the Muse money changers they claim are giving them an unfair deal. Local mango farmers and merchants generally export their produce to nearby China, and often must make use of informal currency brokers in the border city of Muse to […]

Salt industry to collapse, experts fear

Myanmar’s once-booming salt industry, destroyed by Cyclone Nargis, will be completely wiped out within a couple of years unless it receives financial aid from the government, industry experts warn. The storm, which killed an estimated 138,000 people and caused billions of dollars’ worth of damage to the economy when it struck in May 2008, also […]