September 09, 2016

Rice export via border trade declines by over 4,000 tonnes

A farmer works at a field in Nay Pyi Taw.
A farmer works at a field in Nay Pyi Taw.

MYANMAR exported 8,238 tonnes of rice worth US$3.018 million via border trade camps over the last week of August.
The export volume has decreased by 4,017 tonnes compared to the previous week.
During the last week of August, 2,797 tonnes of Ngasein rice and 900 tonnes of Emata rice were sold to foreign buyers via the Muse (105-mile) trade zone. 186 tonnes of Ngasein rice from Chinshwehaw border trade camp was sold and 4,355 tonnes of Ngasein rice was sold via Lwegel trade camp.
1,234 tonnes of broken rice worth $402,000 has been exported to partner countries via sea trade, including 931 tonnes via Muse trade camp and 303 tonnes via Lwegel trade camp.
The export of broken rice has also decreased by $191 million compared with the previous week.
Between 21 and 27 August, Myanmar exported 3,904 tonnes of white rice and parboiled rice worth $1.484 million to major buyers via sea route.
Among the total export volume via sea route, 2,300 tonnes of white rice went to China while member states of the European Union bought 950 tonnes of converted rice and 654 tonnes of white rice.
The export of white rice and parboiled rice has increased by 2,450 tonnes compared with the previous week.
A total of 3,150 tonnes of broken rice amounting to $859,000 went to western states. That number is 350 tonnes less than the previous week.
Merchants from border trade camps said the decline in the export volume of rice is linked to the authorities’ crackdown on the illegal trade of rice along the China-Myanmar border as well as rice quality issues.


Aung Thant Khaing


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