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Livestock, fisheries body urges parties to explain policy stances ahead of election

Political parties must articulate their policy stances on the livestock and fisheries sectors ahead of the 8 November general elections, the Myanmar Fisheries Federation says. — Photo: Ye Myint
Political parties must articulate their policy stances on the livestock and fisheries sectors ahead of the 8 November general elections, the Myanmar Fisheries Federation says. — Photo: Ye Myint

Yangon, 28 July — The Myanmar Fisheries Federation on Tuesday urged the country’s two major political parties—the Union Solidarity and Development Party and the National League for Democracy—to unveil their election policies for development of the livestock and fisheries sectors.
The peak body for the country’s fisheries and livestock producers will urge its members and affiliated associations to vote for the party most committed to reviving the sectors, which are at their lowest point in the past eight years, MFF general secretary U Win Kyaing said.
According to the MFF, the value of this year’s marine export is estimated to be U.S.$250 million below the peak year when the sector earned more than $650 million. Last year yielded only$420 million, down roughly $100 million from the preceding 12 months.
Despite the lifting of western sanctions and a 10-percent tax for fishery exports, as well as the granting of access to the EU’s generalized system of preferences (GSP), the sector had been unable to boost earnings, the MFF general secretary said, blaminga lack of support and encouragement from the government.
“That’s why, we have to seek commitments from the next government to develop our sector,” he said.
MFF senior vice-chairman U Hninn Oo said he wanted the parties to provide a major strategy and policy for fishery sector development.
Without standard hatcheries, breeding and production cannot develop in the country, the senior official said, stressing the need to know which party best represents the industry’s interests.
The MFF is a national level business organization of 10 affiliated associations and 13 region/state fisheries associations. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), 3 million people in Myanmar depend on the fishery sector for their livelihoods. — GNLM

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