Magway Region Chambers of Commerce and Industry (MRCCI) submitted a report to the government, citing difficulties in cattle export.
The MRCCI report, submitted during a meeting between Vice President U Myint Swe and businessmen held on 6 July, related to health certificates from relevant departments and ear tagging or ear notching for vaccine status in cattle export. Additionally, the number of cattle exported is submitted to the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation and its processing usually takes two or three months. They also requested the government to cut down the processing time and government procedures to ensure smooth transportation and transaction.
Later, to satisfy the market demand of foreign traders, the government should link local cattle export companies with foreign ones through a government-to-government (G to G) agreement, said U Sein Aye Maung, chair of MRCCI.
Currently, live cattle export is undertaken through the Muse trade route. Prior to their purchase by Chinese merchants, traders have to feed the cattle, which adds to the cost. Besides, Chinese merchants manipulate and lower the price while observing the market. A G to G agreement can save the additional cost and regulate the price manipulation, he added.
U Cho Aye Maung, vice chair of Magway Region Livestock Association, suggested setting up of a temporary shelter for live cattle on a particular land area, as some exporters need to buy property in Muse to keep live cattle before trading.
In addition, he requested the government to set up a livestock breeding zone on grazing lands due to the shortage of feed stuff. The state should provide virgin and vacant land areas in every township and region, he said.
Farming zones should have specific places for chicken and pigs, which are prone to diseases, while cattle, cows, goats and sheep breeding areas should be set up in other places. The organised farming could help boost exports and control animal diseases, said the breeders.
Cattle breeding companies need to come together. Manageable breeders and companies are also required to get access to loan plans with cheaper interest rates. The government should conduct awareness campaigns about vaccination and supplementary feeding programmes. The participation of breeders is also needed, said U Cho Aye Maung.
There are 147 cattle exporting companies in Magway Region.