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Meat industry urged to modernise to counter swine fever

Myanmar needs to modernise its meat industry to counter the spread of African swine fever (ASF), insiders who attended conferences organised last week by the International Finance Corporation (IFC) agreed. Besides addressing the imminent threat ASF posed to the country, the modernisation of the sector can further bring about higher production and exports, which would […]

Myanmar’s rubber exports exceed target for 2018-19

YANGON, Sept. 15 (Xinhua) — Myanmar exported 192,980 tons of rubber worth of 247.56 million U.S. dollars in the first 11 months from October to August of the present fiscal year 2018-19 , exceeding the targeted of 170,000 tons, according to the figures of the Ministry of Commerce on Sunday. The rubber exports increased by […]

Myanmar on path to meet $10-bn garment export target: MGEA

Myanmar’s garment sector is on track to meet a target of $10 billion in exports, according to the Myanmar Garment Entrepreneurs Association (MGEA), which had laid out the target and a goal to create one million jobs under the Myanmar Garment Industry Strategic Plan 2014-2024. Export figures rose from $800 million in 2015-16 to over […]

Traders call for higher trade volumes with Thailand as deal ends

A special agreement for Myanmar to export maize to Thailand has ended, the government announced recently. The deal was initially signed last year after China imposed restrictions on its imports of maize. In search of new markets for its maize, Myanmar negotiated a deal with Thailand. “The timeframe for the exports of Myanmar maize to […]

Association proposes plan to set up Tamu economic zone

Tamu Merchants Association has submitted a plan to establish an economic zone in Tamu, Sagaing Region near the Myanmar-India, said its chair Hla Maung. It was proposed at the 29th monthly regular meeting between the private sector development committee and local entrepreneurs, on August 24. “Now the Indian government is upgrading Kalewa-Yargyi-Monywa road. It is […]

China’s sugar ban to be lifted or eased

There could be a sliver of light at the end of the tunnel for businesses involved in the sugar industry as a Chinese team will be in Myanmar to inspect sugar quality and the mills in a prelude to a resumption of sugar sales to China. Myanmar Sugar and Sugar Related Products Merchants and Manufacturers’ […]

Aquaculture exports limited by lack of test labs

The lack of proper laboratory facilities is limiting exports of aquaculture products to the European Union (EU). Aquaculture exports to the EU make up 8 percent of total fisheries exports, with the main consumers being migrant workers in the 28-member EU. Myanmar Fishery Federation vice-chair Daw Toe Nanda Tin said the lack of proper laboratory […]

Centre set to help improve productivity in Myanmar

Myanmar’s plans to raise economic productivity through improving human capital development will now be backed by the Myanmar Productivity Centre (MPC), an agency that aims to help the economy move up the value chain. The MPC was launched on June 22 with the support of the Ministry of Industry (MOI), Union of Myanmar Federation of […]

Myanmar rice exports face backlash in African market

The Myanmar Rice Federation (MRF) guaranteed the quality of Myanmar-produced rice after the Ivory Coast last week said it had destroyed over 18,000 tonnes of rice originating from Myanmar, deeming the produce unfit for human consumption. Three Myanmar companies had sold over 20,000 tonnes of rice to Singapore-headquartered Olam International Co Ltd. The cargo left […]

More investments needed for expansion in food-processing industry

The Myanmar processed food industry needs more investment support in order to develop further, U Aye Win, chair of the Myanmar Food Processors and Exporters Association, told The Myanmar Times. Currently, Myanmar processes basic raw commodities such as rice, beans, maize and other agricultural products. Excess products are exported. However, the country also imports value-added […]