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Rubber exports expected to rise as production improves in Myanmar

Myanmar is expecting to export around 300,000 tonnes of rubber this year on the back of rising production at local plantations, U Khaing Myint, secretary of the Myanmar Rubber Planters and Producers Association (MRPPA) said last week. This is more than the government’s estimates of 260,000 tonnes this year, he said. Rubber exports have been […]

Forest fire destroys plantations in Myanmar’s Yangon region

YANGON, May 1 (Xinhua) — A forest fire has destroyed over 100 acres ( 40.5 hectares) rubber and bamboo plantations in Yangon region, according to the country’s Fire Services Department late on Tuesday. The forest fire broke out at a rubber farm in Potethinnyo village in Hlegu township of the region on Monday afternoon. The […]

ANRPC adds Myanmar as new member

The Republic of the Union of Myanmar has joined the Association of Natural Rubber Producing Countries (ANRPC), the association announced 25 Sept. Myanmar produced 242,000 tonnes of natural rubber during the year ended June 2018 from 311,000 hectares of yielding rubber trees in the country. The country’s average annual yield is low at 777 kg […]

Central rubber market to open after legislation

A central rubber market will open in 2019 after the new Rubber Law has been enacted, U Khaing Myint, secretary at the Myanmar Rubber Planters and Producers Association (MRPPA), told The Myanmar Times. The drafting is expected to complete by late this year and, as the parliament is unlikely to have lengthy discussions, the bill […]

Rubber export earnings decline

Rubber export earnings declined during two-and half-month mini budget period due to a drop in global rubber price, according to the Commerce Ministry. Myanmar exported more rubber than the previous year in two-and half-month fiscal year. Khin Maung Lwin, assistant permanent secretary of the Commerce Ministry said: “Last year, the country earned US$ 53.641 million […]

Myanmar goods seek to penetrate int’l market through Canton Fair

YANGON, Feb. 13 (Xinhua) — Myanmar will seek to penetrate international market through exhibition of its goods at the upcoming 123rd Spring Canton Fair of China, the official Global New Light of Myanmar quoted the Ministry of Commerce as saying Tuesday. “Participating in the trade fair can not only prevent illegal trading but can promote […]

Transport and energy access barriers to Myeik industrialisation

The city in Tanintharyi Region amounts to far more than the gateway to over 800 islands of the archipelago. Access to energy and transport infrastructure remain the biggest barrier for industrialisation to take off in the city and its hinterland. The latest Colliers International report stated that Myeik has made great strides over the past […]

Solar panels light up thousands of homes in Kayin State

Over 11,000 rural households in Kayin (Karen) State are set to newly receive electricity thanks to a long-awaited solar panel program. Under the National Electrification Project (NEP), the World Bank and the Department of Rural Development are installing heavily subsidized solar panels, which were sold to villagers at a fraction of the real cost. The […]

Myanmar’s edible bird nest industry comes home to roost

The cries of amorous swiftlets echo around the dark room, an unlikely gold mine for traders in southern Myanmar who are cashing in on rising demand for the edible nests from China’s growing middle class. Dozens of buildings dedicated to the tiny birds have sprung up around Bokpyin in recent years, their grey concrete structures […]