Stability of pulses market sought after India policy

Following India’s Restricted Pulse Import Policy, a co-ordination meeting on plans for Myanmar’s pulses exports in respective sectors was held at the Ministry of Commerce in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday morning. India’s Ministry of Commerce and Industry recently issued an import policy change to import only 200,000 tons of toor whole on 5 August, and […]

Mon State Missing Out on Rubber Profits

MAWLAMYINE, Mon State — Mon State rubber, which accounts for nearly half of Myanmar’s production of rubber, loses hundreds of millions of kyats in rubber exports because it is unable to produce high-grade rubber and relies solely on the Chinese market for exports, according to Mon State minister for agriculture, livestock, transportation and communications U […]

Myanmar Imports Thai Shrimp as Local Breeders Struggle to Meet Demand

Shrimp and prawn is being imported from Thailand as production from local shrimp breeders struggles to keep pace with domes­tic demand, U Kyaw Tun Myint, Chairman of the Myanmar Shrimp Asso­ciation, said. “Local supply can’t meet the local consumption rate. Myanmar is losing its market share because of unsuccessful shrimp breeding businesses,” U Kyaw Tun […]

Myanmar and Japan Cooperate to Produce Quality Rice Amid Shortage

Myanmar and Japan will cooperate to produce quality rice seeds under a local project, Deputy Permanent Secretary of Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation U Myo Tint Tun, said. The project, which will take 5 years from September 2017 to February 2023, comes amid a shortage of quality rice seeds in Myanmar. The country has […]

Myanmar Coffee Exports to Stimulate Agro Sector

The government has placed emphasis on the diversification of crops which have wide international markets access, in addition to paddy, and it hopes to increase coffee production. Union Minister for Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation, Dr Aung Thu, said he hopes to increase the coffee acreage to 200,000 and exports to 60,000 tons by 2030. “During […]

Sagaing minister slams mining law

The Sagaing Region minister for agriculture and livestock criticised the Mining Law for being weak. Kamzar Mone said the gold miners that operated recklessly continued their work after paying fines, and he claimed the law had flaws and needed reforms. “The fines for a gold miner for violating the law range from Ks500,000 (US$370) to […]

Foreign Firms Allowed to Import Agricultural, Medical and Construction Materials

The import of seeds, fertilisers, hospital equipment and building materials by foreign businesses will soon be permitted for the first time, U Khin Maung Lwin, assistant secretary from Ministry of Commerce, told The Myanmar Times. Procedures to permit non-Myanmar firms to trade agricultural products and building materials have been ongoing, and negotiations with related ministries are […]

Rakhine State Plans to Export 10,000 Tons of Beans to India

Rakhine state plans to export 10,000 tons of Matpe beans to India in the cur­rent fiscal year, which be­gan in April. Official media reported that arrangements are underway to plant Matpe beans in the state during the coming rainy season and will export the sur­plus to the neighboring country, Rakhine State Minister of Planning, Revenue […]

Myanmar, Netherlands Plant Seeds of Accord

Myanmar and the Netherlands have planted the seeds of cooperation to develop the local agricultural sector, especially the development of high yielding crop seeds. A ceremony to mark the program was held in Nay Pyi Taw on Tuesday, which sees the Netherlands sharing its vast research and development in seed technology with Myanmar, whose economy […]

Pay Hike for Civil Servants Unlikely

Hopes for a pay rise this month will likely remain a pipe dream for civil servants, according to an official from the Ministry of Planning and Finance. The ministry official said no recommendation on increasing the salaries of civil servants had been made during the parliament meeting to discuss the Union budget, denying rumours that […]