Organic Farming Vs Commercial Farming in Myanmar

Myanmar needs to rethink its agricultural strategy if it wants to be a successful agricultural export nation. Past farming policy also needs to be reviewed in light of today’s challenges and tomorrow’s possibilities. In our study on organic farming in Myanmar we interviewed companies that market organic rice, organic medicine, organic fruits and organic vegetables. […]

Myanmar prioritises labour-intensive, agro-based industries for FDI

In an attempt to attract investments, Myanmar has prioritised labour-intensive industries, agro-based industries and other infrastructural projects, according to policies set by the Directorate of Investment and Company Administration (DICA) and the Myanmar Investment Commission. Myanmar is inviting foreign companies to make investments in labour-intensive industries with the aim of creating more employment opportunities for […]

Rice sector faces long struggle

Whatever steps the incoming government may be contemplating to spur investment, agricultural experts see little improvement in the short term for rice cultivation. Even long-term development will be a drawn-out struggle, said Myanmar Rice Federation general secretary U Ye Aung. In a recent interview with The Myanmar Times, U Ye Aung said barriers to raising […]

Foreign investment into lagging agriculture and fisheries sectors urgently needed: exporters

The next government should urgently seek investment in the country’s lagging and underfunded agricultural and fisheries sector, to help halt and reverse the decline in exports, traders said. Of the US$38.18 billion received in foreign investment over the past five years, a bare $208 million has been ploughed into agriculture, according to the Directorate of […]

Rising rice yields seen as golden opportunity

Myanmar can more than double rice exports by improving farm productivity, cutting export costs, and opening milling sector to FDI Once the world’s top rice exporter, Myanmar has a chance to rejuvenate its glory days if its export strategy is reviewed, the World Bank said. The country’s rice exports could more than double if production […]

Investment in Rice Milling Key to Boosting Export, Report Says

YANGON — A new World Bank report said Myanmar can greatly increase its agricultural exports if it can improve the quality of rice through investments in rice mills, while it should also reduce transport costs and formulate policies to support rice export and agricultural production. Myanmar’s reformist government aims to improve agricultural productivity and rice […]

Taking the Pulse of Myanmar’s Bean Business

Each morning the floor of the Bayintnaung commodity exchange center in northern Rangoon is jammed with traders and middlemen and buyers looking for the latest prices and deals for some of Burma’s agricultural produce. Famously Burma was once the world’s biggest rice exporter, a position long-lost due to the decades of economic mismanagement under the […]

President announces seven-step development road-map

The President office’s official website posted a seven-step development road-map on August 12. The President has given guidelines to implement various development initiatives within 30 months that are left of his term. He presented the development road-map on August 9 at a meeting with his Cabinet Ministers, Deputy Ministers and Ministers of states and regions. […]

Hydropower, mining, oil and gas sectors cover 85 per cent of total investment

Investment sectors in hydropower, mining, oil and gas covered 85 per cent of total investment in Myanmar, said Aung Naing Oo, Director General of Directorate of Investment and Companies Administration in a conference held at Myanmar Investment Commission Office in July 25. “The main foreign investment in Myanmar is hydropower. The investment in hydropower sector […]

Myanmar’s Moment? 8 reasons to be optimistic about Southeast Asia’s rising tiger

Myanmar is attracting a lot of attention these days. The visit by President Thein Sein to Washington in May, the first by a leader of Myanmar since 1966, included a meeting with President Barack Obama — marking an emphatic end to the years of international isolation. But it is not only Myanmar’s change of political […]