Myanmar Coffee Will Hit Whole Foods As an Economic Opening Continues

Poor diplomatic relations between the U.S. and Myanmar had made traders cautious, until recently. Two shipments of coffee beans from Myanmar arrived in the United States this month, the first commercial-scale imports in over 15 years and the fruits of a U.S. government development program for farmers in the once-isolated southeast Asian economy. The two […]

Farmers apply for food-safety certificate

Seventeen mango farmers in Mandalay Region have applied for a certification that would show they are abiding by prominent safety standards. Mango farmers only became eligible for good agricultural practice (GAP) certification this year. The certificate shows buyers that “fruits and vegetables are produced, packed, handled, and stored as safely as possible to minimize risks […]

Quality certification sought for Myanmar prize mangos

To help boost international exports of Myanmar’s famous sein ta lone (diamond) mangos, the agriculture ministry is preparing farmers for an audit that would demonstrate adherence to international food safety standards. Sein ta lone are the most popular variety of mangos for export, mostly grown in Mandalay Region and southern Shan State. The good agricultural […]

Investors eye Myanmar’s rich potential for rice growing

MYANMAR may go back to being one of the world’s major rice exporters in five to 10 years, as many Thai and foreign investors are looking to expand in rice mills and farms in the country. Thai traders and experts all believe that Myanmar has great potential to become a major rice producer in the […]

Floods, insects ravage Myanmar’s rice production

Rice production in Myanmar may decline by up to 40 percent from last year in some states due to flooding and insect attacks. Local sources say that rice harvests in Mon and Karen states of Myanmar are down 40 percent this year compared to those in 2012-13. Farmers along the Done-Tha-Mi river say wet season […]