Rakhine State Plans to Export 10,000 Tons of Beans to India

Rakhine state plans to export 10,000 tons of Matpe beans to India in the cur­rent fiscal year, which be­gan in April.

Official media reported that arrangements are underway to plant Matpe beans in the state during the coming rainy season and will export the sur­plus to the neighboring country, Rakhine State Minister of Planning, Revenue and Commerce U Kyaw Aye Thein was quoted as saying.

The Matpe beans are likely to be shipped di­rectly from the state’s Sit­twe Port instead of Yan­gon to boost trade in the state, he said, however, doubting that if vessels with a weight of exceeding 3,000 tons could berth at the port.

The state minister re­vealed that a proposal of building a new port is be­ing submitted to the cen­tral government.

Rakhine state’s Maung­taw border trade point has seen trade values fall drastically since a vicious military campaign in Oc­tober against the region’s Rohingya Muslim popu­lation, which is believed to have killed more than 1,000

The state government is finalizing a plan of es­tablishing a trade zone in Kanyinchaung, Maung­taw township this year.

According to the state government’s major plan of development of the state, it is divided into north, middle and south zones. The north zone will mainly accommodate agricultural and livestock sectors with Matpe beans planting and fresh water fish breeding.

Myanmar exported 1.2 million tons of beans and pulses annually with 80 percent going to India, followed by China, Indo­nesia, Japan and Euro­pean countries.

Meanwhile, India pro­posed to increase its de­mand for Myanmar’s mung beans and pigeon peas by 25,000 tons per year starting this year.

Statistics also show that Myanmar earned over 2.93 billion U.S. dollars from agricultural exports in the last fiscal year 2016-17 which ended in March, up by 315 million dollars from the previous fiscal year of 2015-16.

Source: Mmbiztoday

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