The lack of locally raised freshwater fish in Mandalay is resulting in about 40,000 to 50,000 visses of fish to be sent daily into the Mandalay market from Yangon, as the supply in Mandalay Region cannot meet the demand, said U Hla Win, the director of the Fishery Department.
“We can see a vividly insufficiency of supply in Mandalay, seeing the inflow of fish from Yangon. Fish harvested in Mandalay is sent to Mogok town and Kachin State. Fish production in the region cannot keep up with that of Ayeyeawady and Bago regions, he added. There are over 270 fish ponds and 8,000 fish farming lakes in Mandalay Region. Fish farming lakes produce only 1,500 to 2,000 visses of fish an acre, whereas production in Yangon, Bago and the Ayeyawady delta is 2,500 to 3,000 visses of fish per acre. A viss is equal to 1.6 kg.
“Commercial fish farming lakes are seen as lesser than small-scale farms. The main problem is the lack of advanced technology”U Hla Win said.
Thiri Mingala market is a wholesale and retail market of fish. More than seven trucks loaded with nearly 30,000 visses of fish are daily entering the market. Mandalay’s daily production is over 20,000 visses. Freshwater fish such as rohu, pomfret, river catfish, etc are sent mainly to Myitkyina market, according to the Kabarkyaw fish and prawn depot.
“Freshwater fish production in Mandalay region is low due to weaknesses in technology. Government subsidies are also required to enhance the fishing sector”, said U Kyaw, owner of the Kabarkyaw fish and prawn depot.
By Aung Thant Khaing