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Myanmar at losing end in border trade disagreements: leaders

Myanmar must take steps to negotiate bilateral trade agreements with its neighbours to avoid volatility in border trade with China and India, as the consequent losses for locals can be huge. “There is currently no precise policy for border trade. Every country should have a policy to deal with trade disagreements and volatility. Right now, […]

Rice export declines within eight months

Myanmar only exported over 1.5 million tons of rice and broken rice within eight months from April 1 till December 14, according to Myanmar Rice Federation (MRF). Myanmar earned about US$288 million from more than 800,000 tons of rice and broken rice export through border trade routes and over US$240 million from over 700,000 tons […]

What to expect from Myanmar’s top five export sectors

Even though Myanmar managed to bring down its trade deficit by US$500 million to $1.3 billion during the period between April 1 and September 30 from the same period last year, the volatile exchange rate and rising oil prices may well continue to drive up import costs in the coming months. U Yan Naing Tun, […]

Business groups speak out against potential withdrawal of EU GSP

Three major domestic business organisations have urged Brussel’s visiting mission not to revoke Myanmar’s access to the Generalised Scheme of Preferences (GSP). Meanwhile, The Myanmar Times understands that a statement co-signed by six European business groups has been addressed to the monitoring mission, arguing that withdrawing GSP “will undoubtedly have a detrimental impact on the […]

Myanma Apex Bank gives loans to almost 700 farmers this harvesting season

A pilot project which provides loans to farmers spearheaded by Myanma Apex Bank (MAB) and Myanmar Rice Federation (MRF) has supported almost 700 farmers for this harvesting season to date, according to the MRF. U Ye Min Aung, MRF secretary, said that the MAB has provided medium-term loans to farms in agriculture, livestock and fishery […]

Myanmar needs to consider ‘beyond Yangon’ to meet rice export target

Myanmar needs to consider beyond Yangon port to export over 3 million tons of rice yearly from 2018 to 2020, according to a briefing on a draft report submitted by Myanmar Rice Federation regarding the enactment of a rice law. The briefing was held at the headquarters of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar […]

China suspends rice imports from Myanmar after bank freezes

] Chinese merchants have suspended its rice imports from China-Myanmar border after a freeze on bank accounts of merchants, said Than Oo, secretary of Bayintnaung Rice Brokerage Center. “Rice prices remain unchanged as China has suspended rice imports from Myanmar. Rice prices will go up when there are high demands from China. Rice trading is […]

New national agriculture strategy to drive growth, if properly implemented

The Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation (MOALI), with the help of Asia Development Bank (ADB), United Nations Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) and Livelihoods and Food Security Trust Fund last Friday launched Myanmar’s Agriculture Development Strategy (ADS) for the next five years. Building on the 2016 Agricultural Development Policy, MOALI, with the support of […]

Commerce Ministry to sign MoU with Yunnan on agro exports

Ministry of Commerce will sign a MoU with Yunnan provincial government in June to officially export rice, sugar, maize and other agricultural products to China, said U Khin Maung Lwin, assistant permanent secretary of the Commerce Ministry. “Trade Department will sign the MoU with Yunnan province government to export agro products to China and import […]

IFC, partners working toward boosting Myanmar rice industry

YANGON, MYANMAR — IFC through a partnership with Australia, the United Kingdom and Japan signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Myanmar Rice Federation (MRF) to support sustainable growth of Myanmar’s rice industry. The MoU aims to accelerate changes in the industry through development, improvement, and promotion of milled rice standards and paddy grading […]