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October 18, 2019

Bill outlining sugar export and import policies being drawn up

Farmers collect sugar cane in the field of Tela Village in Meikhtila Township. Photo: Chan Thar (Meiktila)
Farmers collect sugar cane in the field of Tela Village in Meikhtila Township. Photo: Chan Thar (Meiktila)

A sugar bill prescribing sugar factory policies and sugar export and import policies is being drawn up, said U Win Htay, vice chairman of the Myanmar Sugar and Sugarcane Products Entrepreneurs Association.
“We are writing the third bill with certain provisions revoked, while adding provisions to cope with the current situation. Under this law, we will form a board which will decide how much money to collect per one ton of sugar. And, we will give back support to local farmers when the price of sugar declines,” he added.
Upon completion of the sugar bill, it is to be submitted to the Attorney General’s office, through which it will be sent to the bill drafting commission. Finally, it will be submitted for approval to the Hulttaw, which will pass the sugar bill for enactment.
The sugar bill was drawn up by the sugarcane crop branch under the agricultural department, in cooperation with the Myanmar Sugar and Sugarcane Products Entrepreneurs Association. The sugar bill will detail sugar factory policies, sugar purchasing related policies and regulations in forming the board.
The Myanmar Sugar forum was held in Nay Pyi Taw. At the forum, matters relating to exemption from collection of charges at the town entrance gates, at bridges and at toll gates while is being transported from fields to the factory, revocation of re-export licenses to China until local businesses have the ability to compete, and exertion of greater efforts towards combating the illegal sugar trade from neighboring countries were discussed.
Moreover, matters concerning government-to government negotiations to enable the export of sugar to China, and having to land to grow sugar cane crops were discussed.
Discussions also included converting the traditional growing of sugarcane into mechanized cultivation, according to the Myanmar Sugar and Sugarcane Products Entrepreneurs Association.
Myanmar has more than 161,800 hectares (400,000 acres) of sugarcane plantations, and produced more than 470,000 tons of sugar last year, a volume deemed to be sufficient for domestic consumption.— Thurain Kyaw (Translated by Hay Mar)

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