Environment ministry may resume teak production in ’18

The Ministry of Resources and Environmental Conservation hopes to resume teak production from an agricultural estate planted by the Forestry Department this year. A workshop to assess the situation of teak plantations that are 30 years or older was held in Nay Pyi Taw on Sunday. “We first tested teak production in 2012-13. We didn’t […]

Inside myanmar’s incendiary and illegal charcoal trade

A year-long investigation into the multi-million-dollar charcoal market and how it moves from the villages of Myanmar into Chinese smelters. A trader turns off his truck’s engine at yet another checkpoint and, again, the soldiers ask him for cash. His truck is filled with charcoal from Myanmar, destined for factories in China’s mountainous southwest province […]

Burning down the house: Myanmar’s destructive charcoal trade

A nearly year-long investigation by Mongabay led to a multi-part reporting project into the illegal production and trade of charcoal in Myanmar. One route for charcoal sales from Myanmar to China documented by Mongabay could generate as much as $10 million a year in payoffs alone to Burmese government officials. The cheap energy source is […]

Traders seek to recoup losses on K5 billion in seized rice

About 50 rice traders from Mandalay Region and Katha, Banmauk, Htigyaing and Kawlin townships in Sagaing Region said their partner’s detention for the past two months has hurt their business. Their meeting at the Banmauk rice traders association office on Wednesday was attended by National League for Democracy MPs from Banmauk. U Aung Thein, who […]

Myanmar Town Wants the Secret Out: George Orwell Slept Here

​​ KATHA (Myanmar) — In the 1990s, Mr Nyo Ko Naing noticed that the handful of foreign tourists who made it to his remote hometown were carrying their own maps and looked like they were searching for something. Someone, it turns out, by the name of George Orwell. Katha was Eric Blair’s last posting in […]

Technical training aims to produce quality mangoes for healthy export

\ Technical training has been given to mango growers across Mandalay Region by a local organization working on development of the mango market, said its secretary U Kyaw Soe Naing. Since mid 2016, the organization has offered a technical training course designed especially for mango farmers in anticipation of healthy exports in the coming years. […]

New tolls to be charged on Ayeyarwady, Chindwin rivers

Six new toll stations will open along the Ayeyarwady and Chindwin rivers on December 1, according to an official. In addition to collecting fees, the stations will be charged with ensuring boats are in good condition and are driving according to the law. Fees will be set at K200 for a vessel less than 39 […]