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Myanmar fruit and veg women’s rep travels to the US for economic forum

This week, Sandar Myo, representing the Myanmar Fruit, Flower & Vegetable Producer & Exporter Association (MFVP), joins a group of women – and one man – from 18 countries traveling to the United States as part of the Women’s Global Development and Prosperity (W-GDP) Initiative established by the White House. “The Myanmar economy is based […]

Broad coalition to ramp up food safety in Myanmar

Myanmar’s food safety advocacy groups plan to bring around 400 stakeholders from the food industry together to discuss food safety issues and challenges in the country. Myanmar Innovative Life Sciences (MILS), Myanmar Consumers Union and Food Science and Technology Association (FoSTA Myanmar) told the media at a press conference on Wednesday that they will organize […]

On a mission to turn Yangon’s food waste into organic soil

Spoiled meat, fish and vegetables are dumped every day in Yangon as they easily go rotten and produce foul smells. Waste disposal sites produce methane, which pollutes the air, ruins the soil and underground water sources, and takes up valuable land. Yangon city, the crowded commercial capital of the country, produces 2300 tonnes to 2500 […]

Withered leaves: the jailing of Myanmar’s hemp pioneers

A scheme to pioneer hemp cultivation in Myanmar resulted in a police raid, three arrests and an ongoing trial, despite being green-lit by the Mandalay Region government. AS WE ENTERED the compound of the family home in Myotha West village, we encountered a middle-aged man reading out loud from the Paṭṭhāna, a Buddhist scripture. A […]

Myanmar: How tech is transforming a frontier market

Just six years ago, in 2013, a mobile user in Myanmar had to pay USD 250 for a SIM card—this in a country where the average annual income was less than USD 200. For most people in Myanmar, the internet was a luxury for a select few; at least, that was the case until February […]

Myanmar planning to install vessel monitoring system to control illegal fishing

Myanmar is planning to install vessel monitoring system on all offshore fishing vessels in order to control illegal fishing in the country’s territorial waters, according to the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation on Friday. The installation of the system before the new fishing season is aimed at ensuring fish is caught within the designated […]

Myanmar to allow private plantations to export timber

The government will allow trees grown in plantations owned by the private sector and state-owned companies to be harvested for their timber and exported. Myanmar Timber Enterprise general manager U NyiNyi Tun confirmed to reporters on June 11 in Nay Pyi Taw that the government has decided to ease restrictions on exports for these timber […]

Govt allows foreign companies to export rice, other commodities

The Ministry of Commerce (MOC) will now allow foreign and joint venture companies to export specific food and commodity items, according to Notification 24/2019 released on June 6. Foreign companies with recommendations from relevant ministries can buy the commodities from local producers will be issued licenses to export the goods. The aim is to raise […]

Few foreign fuel investments, but more Yangon Petrol stations planned: Chief Minister

The Yangon Region Government will increase efforts to allow more Yangon Petrol Co (YP) fuel stations to open in response to high demand, regional government officials said at its annual press conference last week. “The public frequently asks us to open more YP petrol stations across Yangon. However, many of these projects have been delayed […]

Zone for agriculture, manufacturing to be built in Thabeikkyin

A special zone will be built in Mandalay Region’s Thabeikkyin township to produce value-added products from agricultural goods and livestock, according to Pentagon Group (Myanmar) Co Ltd. The project will be located on 3237 hectares in Ohn Ta Kue, Ohn Paing, Pay Taw and Gway Maw villages. The company has sought a land-use permit for […]