Rice Exports to Africa Grow


About 60 per cent of rice exports via sea from 2012 to 2016 are being exported to African markets with China second, according to the Myanmar Agribusiness Public Corporation (MAPCO).

MAPCO exported over 86,000 tonnes of rice to Africa nations, more than 17,885 tonnes to China, in excess of 13,000 tonnes to Indonesia, more than 11,000 tonnes to Japan, more than 7,000 tonnes elsewhere and more than 6,800 tonnes to the European Union.

Exports to China decreased this year due to the instability in the border areas and increased security checks. MAPCO chose instead to export rice by sea. The weak kyat has driven up exports. Sea exports struggled in the past because of the policies of the former government.

Myanmar is exporting about 60,000 tonnes a month to various African markets. Myanmar exported about 600,000 tonnes until mid-December compared with less than 150,000 tonnes during the same period last year, according to the Ministry of Commerce.


Source: Eleven Myanmar

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