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Woman workers triple in minced fish processing plants

Women workers process fish at a seafood export factory in Hlaingthaya Industrial Zone, Yangon, Myanmar on 19 February, 2016. Photo: Reuters
Women workers process fish at a seafood export factory in Hlaingthaya Industrial Zone, Yangon, Myanmar on 19 February, 2016. Photo: Reuters

THE number of woman workers at minced fish processing plants at the fish markets in Yangon has risen threefold because the jobs allow them to earn better income.
Women can earn more than K20,000 per day for mincing around 33 kilos of fish. They have to work nights from 5pm to 8am. The workers sometimes may need to continue to work until the afternoon, depending on the demand.
Previously, there were only male workers in the minced fish business, but they were later replaced with women. These days, the more work they do, the higher incomes they can earn because of high demand.
The prevailing market price of minced fish is between K6,500 to K7,000 per viss (1.63 kilos) at Yangon markets, while it sells for over K10,000 per viss in other towns because of the transportation, packaging and refrigeration costs.
Minced fish from Yangon is mainly sent to Nay Pyi Taw, Mandalay and Taunggyi. The minced fish processing industry was established just six years ago. Demand has steadily risen since then.—200

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