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Cattle exports to China show good promise, official says

Magwe Region exports some 25,000 head of cattle a year to China, according to the region and veterinary officials.

U Maung Maung Soe Oo, director of Magwe’s Livestock Breeding and Veterinary Department, said 252 shipments of cattle were sent to China in the 12 months ending in October this year. Statistics also showed that 280 local companies provided support services for the trade.

The government officially allowed the export of livestock to China beginning October 9 last year and set a one-year period to determine the sustainability of the project.

“Based on what we have seen, there is no need to worry about a shortage of cattle in Magwe. There are some 15 million cattle in the country, and the number that has been officially exported is small in comparison,” said U Maung Maung Soe Oo.

Magwe’s Regional Development Fund receives K10,000 for every head of cattle exported to China, said U Win Maw Htay, the region’s minister of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation.

“The region’s agricultural has suffered damage from drought and floods, so we support farmers who diversify into livestock breeding,” he said.

Two areas of Magwe have been designated as cattle-breeding zones as part of the regional government’s efforts to develop the livestock sector and encourage participation in the trade, he added.

Under the Myanmar government’s policies, only castrated bulls are allowed to be exported and each sale of a head of cattle is taxed at 2 percent.

SOURCE: MYANMAR TIMES

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