Myanmar more use of LPG, locally produced oil for cooking

Myanmar will distribute liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) to one million local households this fiscal year as part of a national plan to reduce the use of electricity and firewood when cooking, said U Win Khaing, Minister for Electricity and Energy.

At one million, it is estimated that around 10 percent of the country’s households will be able to use LPG for their cooking needs.

The number of households using LPG has risen in recent years. Currently, LPG is being used by 89pc of urban households but just 11pc of rural households have access to LPG for cooking, according to EuroCham Myanmar.

So far, a total of 2741 business licenses have been granted to LPG distributors, while eight licenses to provide storage for the gas have also been approved.

Myanmar Minister of Commerce U Than Myint also urged local businesses to explore producing larger quantities of cooking oil domestically.

Myanmar consumes over 1 million tonnes of cooking oil each year, and more than 60 percent is imported. As such, domestic production levels should be expanded.

As the price of cooking oil is impacted by exchange rate fluctuations, U Thant Myint urged the Myanmar Edible Oil Dealers’ Association (MEODA) to implement a more transparent system under which cooking oil is imported, processed, distributed and sold to consumers in Myanmar.

“When importing cooking oils, the procedures include acquiring an inspection certificate from the exporting country and distributing the oil only after samples pass quality checks at local laboratories,” said U San Lin, chair of MEODA.

This will also help to ensure the quality of oil imported meets local food safety standards.
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However, expanding the local cooking oil production industry will require improvements across the entire supply chain, from the farmer to factory. “This will require policy and funding support from the government to be successful,” he said.

Source : Myanmar Times

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