Myanmar’s river catfish (Silonia children) will reportedly soon become available on the Russian market.
Catfish is inexpensive and popular among low-income people in Myanmar.
About 2,000 tonnes of sliced river catfish will be exported to Russia every month starting from March, 2017. However, exporters might be faced with difficulties in fulfilling the demand at the start. Only 200 tonnes of sliced river catfish can be exported in the first month, it is learnt.
Nevertheless, producers will try to meet the demand, said U Toe Naing Lin, who is engaged in fish farming.
Catfish farmers who operate their farms in Myanmar’s rivers planning to expand their production so that they can fulfill the requirements of demand from Russia. It takes 10 months for a fish farm to produce a yield of catfish.
If the large volume of river catfish is exported, the price will go up. The export of river catfish might impact negatively on the fish consumption of low-income people, said fish merchants.
River catfish is favorite among low-income people because of its taste and price, which is cheaper than rohu, said U Soe Shwe, a fish breeder. The minimum fish prices are Ks2,500 per viss of rohu, sturgeons, river catfish and catfish, while the maximum price of fish is Ks4,500 per viss. Over 80 per cent of the population consumes cheap farmed fish and saltwater fish, according to the Fishery Department.—200