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 […]

Demand still lacking despite urgent need for storage facilities

Despite an urgent need for storage facilities across Myanmar, there are still numerous empty warehouses at vacated industrial sites. At the same time, outdated regulations prohibiting construction of modern warehouses at industrial zones should be reformed immediately, said U Aye Thaung, chair of Shwe Lin Ban industrial zone. “In other countries, services that support the […]

Myanmar Aims to Increase Exports of Rice Husk-to- Biomass Products

Some Myanmar businesses are hoping to receive technical and financial support from the government to convert rice husks into biomass products for export purposes. Rice husks are the hard protecting layers covering each grain of rice. These are discarded during the rice milling process and can be converted into building materials, fertilisers, insulation material or […]

Central Bank allows foreign banks to provide export financing

Foreign banks will be permitted by the Central Bank of Myanmar (CBM) to provide export financing services. The move, which aims to help local export businesses gain access to working capital, was announced Monday by the CBM and welcomed by the business community. “In the trading sector, the local banks are not able to provide […]

Millers, merchants urge illegal China-bound rice be stanched

The illegal outflow of rice via China’s border routes needs to be addressed through existing policies, regional rice-mill associations and local rice merchants have told the government. The export of rice without licence via Muse and Lwejel regions along the border with China, they said. Many bags of rice are being smuggled out of the […]