Myanmar’s seafood will soon be exported to the Netherlands, it is learnt from the Myanmar Fisheries Products Processors and Exporters Association.
Under the guidance of the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation, fish and prawns that meet with market standards are currently being exported to China, Thailand, Singapore, Kuwait, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, Japan, Bangladesh and the United Kingdom, it is learnt.
The government has been making a sustained effort to enhance the country’s fisheries sector. As a result, fisheries businessmen from the Netherlands are considering investing in Myanmar’s fisheries sector, said U Soe Tha, a seafood exporter.
Organisations such as the Fish Farmers Association, the Myanmar Marine Fisheries Association, the Myanmar Aqua-Feed Association and the Freshwater Capture Fisheries Association were formed to ensure self-sufficiency in the country and to enable fisheries products to be systematically processed and exported to foreign countries.
A large amount of capital still needs to be invested into Myanmar’s fishing industry, fisheries experts said. High-quality fish-processing factories and large-capacity cold storage, for instance, are required to manufacture the quality products, said U Tin Tun, a seafood exporter.
Over 90 tonnes of fisheries products, including various fish varieties, crabs, prawns and eel, were exported through the Myawady border trade camp, with an export value of US$0.155million, while over 600 tonnes of fisheries products worth US$0.559million were exported via the Kawthaung border trade camp. Nearly 2,000 tonnes of various fish, frozen soft-shell crab, saltwater prawn, squid, frozen fish and dried fish were exported through the Myeik border trade camp, amounting to US$3.181milion.