Chinese firms get green light to begin contract farming in Northern Shan

Chinese firms will soon begin contract farming of maize and paddy rice in Lashio district, Northern Shan State, according to U Soe Nyunt Lwin, Shan State Minister for Planning and Finance. The firms will look to partner with Myanmar farmers to bolster maize and paddy rice production as a way to substitute for poppy production […]

New Myanmar economic recovery and reform plan to include agriculture improvements

The government is drafting plans to reform the agriculture sector in line with the Myanmar Economic Recovery and Reform Plan (MERRP), which is now being drafted, according to the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation (MOALI) in a November 18 statement.While the plan has yet to be finalised and made official, MOALI understands it includes […]

Myanmar citizens raise investments in the country despite pandemic

Despite COVID-19, Myanmar citizens’ investments across the regions and states for fiscal 2019-20 amounted to over K1.88 trillion, which is around K200 million higher than in the previous fiscal year, said U Thant Sin Lwin, Director General of the Directorate of Investment and Company and Administration (DICA). Approval was given to over 130 Myanmar businesses […]

Myanmar coffee market to expand through Singapore

Myanmar will expand its local highland coffee exports through Singapore in a bid to reach new markets, according to the Myanmar Coffee Association. “During the COVID-19 outbreak, local demand for coffee declined and some traders are trying to expand the market by selling overseas. We are connecting with new markets in the region through Singapore,” […]

Local demand for coffee hit, but exports still stable in Myanmar

Demand for coffee produced in Myanmar has declined in fiscal 2019-20 due to COVID-19 disruptions, said U Myint Swe, director from the Ministry o Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation. “Even though stockpiles this year were sufficient, demand has fallen due to difficulties in logistics and shipping as well as the closure of businesses locally as a […]

Stronger kyat threatens exports, but presents import opportunities

Myanmar’s exports have come under pressure as a result of the weakening US dollar, which has made key exports such as rice more expensive in overseas markets, said U Soe Tun, a committee member of the Myanmar Rice Federation. While the weaker exchange rate has made prices more attractive to local farmers, falling demand from […]

Myanmar draws plan to cushion agri sector from COVID-19

Myanmar will draw up a Food Security Master Plan to cushion the agriculture and livestock sector from COVID-19, U Myo Tint Tun, Deputy Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation (MOALI), told The Myanmar Times. The decision to draft such a plan came after a meeting on the implementation of the government’s […]

Government regulations put the brakes on cattle exports

Exports of animal products have risen dramatically since the government lifted a ban on the export of live cattle and buffalo in October 2017, but new regulations have taken some of the shine off the trade. Words & photos by KYAW LIN HTOON | FRONTIER CATTLE AND buffalo exporters enjoyed a profitable year in 2018, […]

Kevin Fitzsimmons: Myanmar’s aquaculture potential on par with Thailand

The Government of Myanmar has targeted Aquaculture as a solution to widespread malnutrition and rural poverty in the Southeast Asian nation. With its 2,000 kilometers of coastline, Myanmar has the potential to reach the production levels of its neighbor, Thailand, as a seafood Producer, according to Kevin Fitzsimmons, a professor in the Department of Soil, […]

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 […]