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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, […]

Myanmar urged to develop microinsurance for the poor

Insurance services in Myanmar need to reach out beyond the existing clientele to support households with lower incomes to manage their insurable risks, participants at an industry workshop said. UK-funded DaNa Facility and the USAID’s Private Sector Development Activity jointly organised the seminar on “Promoting Microinsurance in Myanmar” in Yangon on September 9. “It is […]

First Myanmar RoboLeague 2019 held in Yangon

The First Myanmar RoboLeague 2019 was held in Theinbyu Stadium in Yangon Region on June 1, with opening speeches by Dr Myo Thein Gyi, Union Minister for Education and Mr Scot Marciel, ambassador of the United States to Myanmar. The USAID is supporting the RoboLeague competition, together with the Ministry of Education and Phandeeyar. It […]

Study backs benefits of small-scale commercial aquaculture

The true value of small-scale commercial aquaculture as a means of generating rural development and reducing poverty has been revealed in a new academic study. The study, Give a Man a Fishpond: Modeling the Impacts of Aquaculture in the Rural Economy, looks at how aquaculture can impact rural development in Myanmar. As author Dr Ben […]

New aquaculture economy emerged on rising fish demand

Domestic demand for farmed fish in Myanmar has risen substantially over the past 10 years, with many small-scale fish farms emerging across the Ayeyarwady region. That’s led to a budding economy of aquaculture-related businesses along the value chain as well as more innovative uses of new farming methods and technology. Between 2004 and 2014, fish […]

Political make-up a bottleneck for Shan economy

The political make-up of the state’s executive and legislature results in a lot of time and energy spent on negotiations instead of implementing sweeping economic reforms in Shan, according to a local chamber of commerce. The state needs political stability and it needs to generate value-added agricultural products in order to grow its economy. Shan […]

Coffee Exports Stimulated by Production and Demand

Myanmar coffee traders have exported 535 tons of coffee beans this fiscal year, twice as much as the same period the year before, according to statistics from the Ministry of Commerce. Last year, the nation exported 860 tons of coffee generating $1.438 million. In the first five months of the 2017-2018 fiscal year, exports have […]

Yangon Chief Minister Apologizes to Military Chief

YANGON — Yangon Chief Minister U Phyo Min Thein apologized to the Myanmar Army Commander-in-Chief Snr-Gen Min Aung Hlaing for comments that the military called confrontational. The chief minister said there were no civil-military relations in the democratic era and that the military’s commander-in-chief was the same as the level of director-general according to the […]

US to Give $150k of Equipment to Coffee Growers in Shan Township

​​ The United States Agency for Inter­national Develop­ment (USAID) will offer $150,000 worth of equip­ment to help coffee culti­vators in southern Shan state, an industry official has said. U Ye Myint, chairman of Myanmar Coffee Associa­tion (MCA), said the pro­gram will help growers in Ywar Ngan township. “The United States is the only country helping […]

Coffee Not caffeine, Say Industry Experts

Look out Colombia. And stand back, Brazil: Myanmar coffee is coming. Though coffee has been grown in this country for 100 years, production volumes were low and the quality was hidden under a bushel. But now international aficionados are starting to take Myanmar seriously as a producer of first-class joe. Marcelo A Pereira Magnere, a […]