December 17, 2016

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First chemical residue testing lab to be built in Myanmar

Farmers in Inle Lake have been urged to reduce chemicals in growing crops on their floating island.
Farmers in Inle Lake have been urged to reduce chemicals in growing crops on their floating island.

THE Myanmar Rice Federation (MRF) and Ministry of and Commerce are currently working together on the drawing up of a plan for construction of a laboratory which can detect chemical residue and pesticide diseases present in rice and fruits, according to the MRF.
Implementation of the aforementioned laboratory will be conducted on the grounds of the Japan International Cooperation Agency’s (JICA) donated Department of Post Harvest Technology Application in Hlegu township.
“A submission has been made to the Ministry of Commerce for the upgrading of an existing laboratory to one of an international standard. Not everything can be tested at our current laboratories, having to be sent aboard for testing which costs time as well as money.” said Dr Soe Htun, vice chair of the MRF.
Existing Myanmar laboratories are unable to inspect neither chemical residues nor pesticide diseases, with rice and fruits having to be sent to neighbouring Thailand for testing. “The laboratory will be constructed with a partner company to help alleviate incurred expenses,” added Dr Soe Htun. The construction of an international standard laboratory will cost $2 million, while required laboratory equipment will be purchased through a tender system. Construction expenses will be incurred by the MRF, it is known.

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